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USS LST-245


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 May 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 17 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-245, 22 August 1943, LT. Matthew J. McCabe, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LST-245 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Seven, CAPT. R. M. Scruggs, USN;
    LST Group Nineteen, CDR. James E. Van Zandt, USNR and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operations
    Saidor occupation, 28 to 30 January and 4 to 7, 17 to 19, 21 to 23 and 25 to 28 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 27 October and 5 to 18 November 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 13 to 16 February 1944
    Admiralty Islands landings, 14 to 18 March 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 26 April and 1 to 7 May 1944 Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945;
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 to 18, 21 to 23, 26 to 28 May and 9 to 13 and 16 to 20 June 1944
    Biak Island operation, 9 to 13 and 16 to 20 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 3 to 10 and 12 to 17 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 31 July, 6, 8 to 14 and 16 to 22 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Borneo operations
    Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 10 July 1945.

  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 15 April 1948, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-245 earned eight battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-181 1332k LSTs, including USS LST-181, USS LST-168, USS LST-206 and USS LST-245 beached at the loading area at Cape Sudest, New Guinea, 12 March 1944.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 271518, Box 504, a US Army Signal Corps photo, by LT E. Commings, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-181 1327k LSTs, including USS LST-206 and USS LST-245 beached at Cape Sudest, New Guinea, 12 March 1944, while loading vehicles destined for Los Negros, Admiralty Islands Group.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 271519, Box 504, a US Army Signal Corps photo, by T/4 Henry C. Manger, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-18/202.245 360k USS LST-18, USS LST-245, LST-202 and USS LST-467 landing troops and material, on the beach at Leyte, P.I., on D-Day 20 October 1944.
    US Navy photo
    Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
    LST-18/202 79k From left to right USS LST-67, USS LST-66, USS LST-18, USS LST-245, and USS LST-202 landing troops and material, on the beach at Leyte, P.I., D-Day 20 October 1944.
    from the US Coast Guard Magazine "The Coast Guard and the Pacific War".
    Don Leal USS LST 67 & USS LST 19
    LST-168 97k From left to right USS LST-245, USS LST-170 and USS LST-168 beached at Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands after the city had been secured.
    US Coast Guard photo # 4334 from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-462 1209k USS LST-462, USS LST-245, USS LST-458 and an unidentified LST beached at Morotai, 15 September 1944, as Army engineers unload their equipment.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 261042, by T/SGT Henry Palm, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-471 887k Christmas 1945 and New Years 1946 greetings from Commander LST Group Nineteen, CDR James E. Van Zandt USNR to the ships of the Group: USS LST-466
    USS LST-245
    USS LST-467
    USS LST-171
    USS LST-181
    USS LST-469
    USS LST-470
    USS LST-471
    USS LST-468
    USS LST-473
    USS LST-475 and
    USS LST-474
    Bill James for his father William James USS LST-471

    USS LST-245
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McCabe, Matthew James, USNR22 August 1943 - 1944
    02LTjg. Snodgrass, Charles W., USNR1944 - 1945
    03LT. Murdock, James Francis, USNR1945 - 28 January 1946
    04LT. Cotter, John J., USNR28 January 1946 - 1 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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