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USS LST-614


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 January 1944, by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 6 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST 614, 22 May 1944, LTjg Paul S. Donovan, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-614 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight (flagship), CAPT. C. R. Swigart USN / CAPT. E. Watts USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Two, CDR. E. H. Pope, USN;
    LST Division Forty-Four and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operation
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 6 to 17 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 16 to 28 October 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landing, 17 to 23 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-614 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 8 September 1945 to 20 June 19468 September 1945 to 20 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
  • USS LST-614 earned four 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. (beaching displacement)
    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-942 189k From right to left USS LST-942, USS LST-614, USS LST-757, USS LST-668 and two unidentified LSTs beached at Waterhole, Hollandia, date unknown. Carol Hawk for her father-in-law Judson L Hawk, Jr. RM3/c LCT 1332
    LST-614 109k From right to left USS LST-614, USS LST-757, USS LST-668 and two unidentified LSTs beached at Waterhole, Hollandia, date unknown. Bill Lambert USS LST-614
    LST-614 47k USS LST-614 at anchor, off Morotai, date unknown. Bill Lambert USS LST-614, and
    David L. LaPell for his grandfather Joseph Taylor RD3/c, USS LST-614. Also for Lt Joseph Stanfill (CO, USS LST-614) and Charles Cannon (machinist mate) USS LST-614
    LST-614 59k USS LST-614 at anchor in New Guinea, December 1944. Bill Lambert USS LST-614, and
    David L. LaPell for his grandfather Joseph Taylor RD3/c, USS LST-614. Also for Lt Joseph Stanfill (CO, USS LST-614) and Charles Cannon (machinists mate) USS LST-614
    LST-740 48k USS LST-614 and USS LST-740 are in the background of this posed photo of General Mac Arthur and staff wading ashore at Luzon, 9 January 1945. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-614 52k USS LST-614 (far left), USS LST-667 (center), and USS LST-555 (far right), unload at Lingayen Gulf, January 1945. US Navy photo Bill Lambert USS LST-614
    LST-614 61k USS LST-614 (far left), USS LST-667 (center), and USS LST-555 (far right), unload at Lingayen Gulf, January 1945. US Navy photo Bill Lambert USS LST-614
    LST-614 23k USS LST-614 (far left), USS LST-667 (center), and USS LST-555 (far right), unload at Lingayen Gulf, January 1945. US Navy photo Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    LST-614 57k USS LST-614 and USS LST-667 (in background), unload at Lingayen Gulf, January 1945.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    LST-614 112k USS LST-614 with deck cargo burning after being struck by Japanese bomb off Mindoro, Philippines in January, 1945. An unidentified destroyer is assisting in the fire fighting.
    U . Navy Photo
    Mike Green
    LST-614 240k USS LST-614 underway, 15 March 1945, view from the mast looking forward. Bill Lambert USS LST-614
    LST-714 250k USS LST-714, USS LST-937 and USS LST-614 beached at Manila, Philippine Islands, circa 1945, while unloading equipment. Larry Gum for his father Waples Gum USS LST-714
    LST-614 85k USS LST-614 underway, with a full deck load. Bill Lambert USS LST-614
    LST-614 37k USS LST-614 at anchor, date and location unknown. In the foreground is a Japanese Landing Craft. David L. LaPell for his grandfather Joseph Taylor RD3/c, USS LST-614. Also for LT Joseph Stanfill (CO, USS LST-614) and Charles Cannon (machinist mate) USS LST-614
    LST-614 63k USS LST-614 at anchor, date and location unknown. Note the LCT alongside. She was transported to the war zone on the deck of USS LST-614. David L. LaPell for his grandfather Joseph Taylor RD3/c, USS LST-614. Also for Lt Joseph Stanfill (CO, USS LST-614) and Charles Cannon (machinist mate) USS LST-614
    LST-614 49k USS LST-614 and an unidentified LST at anchor in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 10 February 1946. Bill Lambert USS LST-614
    LST-614 125k USS LST-614's liberty party ready to go ashore at Shanghai, China. Third from left in front row is Bill Lambert. The CO LT. Stanfill is the officer in tan cap cover at far right, 10 February 1946. Bill Lambert USS LST-614

    USS LST-614
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Donovan, Paul S., USNR22 May 1944 - June 1944
    02ENS. Stanfill, Joseph Francis, USNJune 1946 - 20 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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