Bob Keener

Bob Keener

Joined: January 17th, 2006, 3:42 am

July 15th, 2008, 12:26 pm #1

Bob, there were indeed "deck plates" on the 325, aprox 16 of them.

They were vents to the tank deck so the fans would not be pulling "neg. air" when operating. You can see the perfect weld coverup's on the 325's deck.

LH
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Joined: September 20th, 2006, 1:23 pm

July 16th, 2008, 3:32 am #2


Thank you very much for explaining the vents to me. I had been wondering about them for some time.

I'll be looking forward to seing you at LST week and you could show me where the vents used to be on the 325. I am also looking forward to seeing the gun directors.

Can you tell me if the gun in the picture on the forward port side of the supestructure is a 20 or 40 mm. It appears to be a 20 to me.

By the way, the 3rd saylor from the right on the deck above the bridge, is my Dad.

I also added a picture of target practice, It looks like the gun director is in use since the twin 40's and the port single 40 appear to be shooting in the same direction.

Thank you

Bob

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Joined: January 17th, 2006, 3:42 am

July 16th, 2008, 11:37 am #3

Bob, I would assume the reason both of the forward guns are firing in the same direction is because the enemy planes are coming from that direction and not because the director is or is not being used. The directors were not always used and could be connected or dis-connected by the gun Capt.

I feel the gun on the port side is a 40mm.

Look me up in LST week and I will be glad to show you where the deck vents were. They are very visable. (where not overplated)



LH
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July 16th, 2008, 12:47 pm #4

The gun is a 40mm
you can see the man sitting at the pointer position with his hands on the elevation crank.
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Joined: September 20th, 2006, 1:23 pm

July 17th, 2008, 2:45 am #5

Bob, I would assume the reason both of the forward guns are firing in the same direction is because the enemy planes are coming from that direction and not because the director is or is not being used. The directors were not always used and could be connected or dis-connected by the gun Capt.

I feel the gun on the port side is a 40mm.

Look me up in LST week and I will be glad to show you where the deck vents were. They are very visable. (where not overplated)



LH
I'm looking forward to seeing you again.

So the 905 must have had 2 twin 40mm, 6 single 40 mm, and 12 20 mm guns on deck. Looks like it was well armed.

I thought that the picture was of gunnary practice. I didn't think the crew would be sitting on deck with their fingers in their ears during an enemy attack.

The picture below I believe was taken during the Okinawa invasion.

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Bob  73, N3DLF
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Joined: January 17th, 2006, 3:42 am

July 17th, 2008, 11:57 am #6

Bob, after I made the comment regarding enemy planes, I noticed your picture stated practice, oops.

The standard "full" issue of guns on an LST was twin 40's stern and aft and two single 40's stern and aft with 12 20mm spred around the ship. Not all LST's had this entire issue of guns.

While checking the deck of the 325, I did not find any side 20mm gun plates on the deck thus I am not sure it had the full issue. None of the pictures I have seen show any 20's other than what we have now except for two 20's on deck 3.

A couple of 50cal. and 30cal. machine guns were also standard issue.

Looking forward to seeing you during LST week.

Larry KC9NOZ
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

July 17th, 2008, 10:39 pm #7

NON standard issuance of guns... (BIG SMILE)

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Joined: September 14th, 2003, 9:51 pm

July 22nd, 2008, 3:59 am #8

Bob, after I made the comment regarding enemy planes, I noticed your picture stated practice, oops.

The standard "full" issue of guns on an LST was twin 40's stern and aft and two single 40's stern and aft with 12 20mm spred around the ship. Not all LST's had this entire issue of guns.

While checking the deck of the 325, I did not find any side 20mm gun plates on the deck thus I am not sure it had the full issue. None of the pictures I have seen show any 20's other than what we have now except for two 20's on deck 3.

A couple of 50cal. and 30cal. machine guns were also standard issue.

Looking forward to seeing you during LST week.

Larry KC9NOZ
On the 325 (and other 2 davit LST's) there were 2 20mm mounts just forward of the wheelhouse (you can see the weld marks where the tubs were on the 325). Also, the original configuration of the 325 had 20mm mounts to the rear (and outboard) of the forward 40mm mount - you can see these 'empty' gun tubs on the 325 still. The 4 20mm guns we currently have are the only ones the Greeks left on the ship. Several things were done to most of the early LST's (like the 325) before the end of the war: a. an additional (small) deck was added to the superstructure and the conn was moved up to this level. b. Stern 3"50 was replaced with a 40mm gun c. Gun tubs were altered, added, shifted (example,40mm tubs up forward on port and starboard side were raised from where they had been). d. Desalinization plant was added
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

July 23rd, 2008, 1:59 am #9

Dad's T never did have an evaporator for drinking water, Ray... How they envied those fellows on ships that did!

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Joined: December 17th, 2005, 10:55 pm

July 23rd, 2008, 6:37 am #10

Unusual that the 125 was not retro fitted with an evaporator.

Has anyone noticed that the 325 did not have any weapons or gun tubs in the 1950's due to it's USNS status. I have seen a picture of an LST in commerical service in 1947 minus weapons and gun tubs but still had the fwd gun director tub. This was a 2 digit "T" in Navsource.org
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