Extracted from Naval Photographic Center film #10707 "Activities Aboard U.S. Tank Landing Ship at Sea: Japan, 1945."
United States Marines read, play harmonica, sleep on deck of LST. Sailors look over side of ship. Live shark gutted on deck. Sailor sends blinker code. Shot of water and anchor. Silhouette shot of blinker code. View of ship at sea (LST-1139?). Cargo on deck loaded into truck on deck. Truck has "YOKOSUKA EXPRESS" painted on it. Sailors practice morse code with a key, sounder and light bulb and stop watch.
National Archives description "This film shows activities aboard a U.S. ship, as well as scenes in Japan, around Tokyo, and the Emperor's Palace." This may be footage aboard LST-1139 on the way to occupation duty in Japan.
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December 22, 2014 Subject:
USS LST-1139 ENROUTE TO YOKOSUKA
USS LST-1139 was commissioned on 27Apr45 at Seneca, Illinois. LST-1139 participated in the occupation of Japan, in particular, beaching at Yokosuka Airport, near Yokosuka Naval Base on 30Aug45. Amongst other awards and medals, she was awarded the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp).