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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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 10 April 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 4 July 1944
Commissioned USS LST-628, 31 July 1944, LT. Frank C. Siedenburg, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-628 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. Laidlaw;
LST Group Seventeen, CAPT. E. Watts USN;
LST Division Thirty-four and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 to 20 May 1945
Following World War II USS LST-628 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 3 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, Sold, 9 December 1947, to Ships and Power Equipment Corp., Barber, N.J. for scrapping
USS LST-628 earned one battle star for World War II service
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|6 to 23 September 1945
|3 October to 7 December 1945
|29 January to 4 March 1946
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
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
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||USS LST-628 with causeway attached to port side while beached at Manus, Los Negros Island, Admiralty Islands, date unknown.
||Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
USS LST-697, beached on D+2, 22 October 1944, while unloading at Tacloban, San Pedro Bay, Leyte, P.I.
Photo was taken from the deck of LST-666
|Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
||USS LST-628 beached at Lingayen Gulf, 9 January 1945 while unloading US Army troops.
||LST Home Port web site
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Siedenburg, Frank Charles, USNR||31 July 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Kubecka, Leroy J., USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Barnett, P. F., USNR||March 1946 - 3 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 26 September 2015
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