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USS LST-635


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Hotel - India
NFHI
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 May 1944 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL
  • Launched, 7 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST 635, 26 August 1944, LT. John O. Roche USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-635 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS LST-635 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    22 November to 11 December 1945 
    16 March to 7 July 194616 March to 7 July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 7 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred, 19 July 1946 to the State Department for disposition
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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-635 20k USS LST-635 beached at Subic Bay, PI, 9 January 1946 LST Home Port Web Site
    LST-635 11k USS LST-635 beached at Subic Bay, PI, 7 January 1946. LST Home Port Web Site

    USS LST-635
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Roche, John O., USNR26 August 1944 - 29 December 1945
    02ENS. Whitehead, Julius Alfred, USNR29 December 1944 - 2 January 1945
    03LT. Hahn, Robert W., USNR2 January 1945 - 15 December 1945
    04LT. Miller, Don E., USNR15 December 1945 - 22 January 1946
    05ENS. Lanphere, Donald J., USNR22 January 1946 - 26 February 1946
    06LTjg. Maurer, Howard A., USNR26 February 1946 - 7 June 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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