My fathers ship during World War II.
James Curry Weaver, EM1, U.S.N. (1916 1987)
This page contains some information about the ship, a photo of a pencil sketch of the ship and photos of some of the crew.
LST-84 was laid down on 13 April 1943 at Jeffersonville, Ind., by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co.; launched on 26 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. W. Raymond Brendel; and commissioned on 14 August 1943.
During World War II, LST- 84 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:
Gilbert Islands operation:
(a) Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls- February 1944 Marianas operation:
(a) Capture and occupation of Saipan-June and July 1944
Tinian capture and occupation-July 1944
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima-February and March 1945
Following the war, LST-84 was redesignated LSTH-84 on 15 September 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East until early March 1946.
Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 2 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 October 1947. On 20 April 1948, she was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped.
LSTH-84 earned five battle stars for World War II service as LST-84.
Specifications: Displacement 1,780 t.(lt), 3,880 t.(fl); Length 328; Beam 50; Draft unloaded, bow 2 4 stern 7 6, loaded bow 8 2 stern 14 1; Speed 12k.; Complement 8-10 Officers, 100-115 Enlisted; Troop Capacity, approx. 140 officers and enlisted; Boats, 2-6 LCVP; Armament; one single 3/50 gun mount, five 40mm gun mounts, six 20mm gun mounts, two .50-cal machine guns, four .30-cal machine guns; Propulsion, two General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders.
Saturday 17th June 1944
United States naval vessels damaged: Escort carrier FANSHAW BAY (CVE-70), by horizontal bomber, off Marianas Islands, 15 d. 00 N., 145 d. 00 E. LST 84, accidentally by United States naval gunfire, Marianas Islands, 15 d. 10 N., 145 d. 58 E.
Clamp sailed from San Pedro 30 September 1943 and after a brief period at Pearl Harbor, arrived at Funafuti, Ellice Islands, 8 November. From this base she conducted combat salvage operations supporting the Gilbert Islands invasion. On 10 November Clamp had a busy day as she came under air attack five different times. The enemy was driven off and Clamp sustained no damage. She conducted salvage operations on LST-84, and assisted Hoel (DD-633) off Betio Point, 2 December. Departing Funafuti 12 January 1944 for Midway, she conducted salvage operations on Macaw (ASR-11) from 24 January to 17 February, then returned to Pearl Harbor for overhaul.
TG 51.8 - Majuro Defence Group LtCdr S.A. Lief
DE Wintle LST-84, LST-276, LST-277, LST-480/GF
On the 17th 5 Jills and 1 Irving found a transport group and torpedoed LCI 468 which was later scuttled. An LCI was a rather modest landing ship about 160 long and 350 tons or so. These aircraft sortied from Truk. (According to the 22AF War Diary 5 Tenzan of 551 Air attacked a transport group and sank a light cruiser and caused other damage).
A second raid from Yap consisted of 31 Zeke, 17 Judy and 2 Frances. They first attacked the landing area at Charan Kanoa, Saipan where they set LST-84 on fire (later salvaged) and on the return trip attacked a CVE group and hit Fanshaw Bay with one bomb (out of action 6 weeks also a number of personnel casualties). Japanese claimed they had sunk some large carriers.
Class: Gunboat:Double Ender
Cinchona YN-7 (USA)
She conducted patrols, assisted LST-84 after an enemy bomb started a fire on board, then inspected the net line in Tanapag Harbor. She remained at Saipan on salvage and net operations.
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