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USS LST-628


International Radio Call Sign:
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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    6 to 23 September 1945
    3 October to 7 December 1945
    29 January to 4 March 1946
  • 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
    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-628 319k USS LST-628 with causeway attached to port side while beached at Manus, Los Negros Island, Admiralty Islands, date unknown. Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
    LST-741 85k USS LST-741 USS LST-1017, USS LST-170, USS LST-460, USS LST-613, USS LST-1018, USS LST-695, USS LST-628, 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
    LST-628 11k USS LST-628 beached at Lingayen Gulf, 9 January 1945 while unloading US Army troops. LST Home Port web site

    USS LST-628
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Siedenburg, Frank Charles, USNR31 July 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Kubecka, Leroy J., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Barnett, P. F., USNRMarch 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
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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