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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)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) = Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 May 1944 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 11 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST 636, 31 August 1944, LT. Thomas M. Hayes, Jr. USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-636 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Consolidation of the Southern Philippine Islands
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 12 March and 17 to 23 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-636 was assigned to Occupation and China Service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 September to 20 October 1945 
    1 December 1945 to 12 May 19461 December 1945 to 12 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 25 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 December 1947
  • Sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-636 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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'
    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
    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
    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 41k USS LST-636 beached, date and location unknown. Courtesy CDR. Matthew J Winton, USN (Ret)
    Submitted by Alan R Winton
    LST-636 42k USS LST-636 unloading vehicles while beached, date and location unknown. Courtesy CDR. Matthew J Winton, USN (Ret)
    Submitted by Alan R Winton

    USS LST-636
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hayes Jr., Thomas M., USNR31 August 1944 - May 1945
    02LTjg. McCabe, Gordon E., USNRMay 1945 - February 1946
    03LTjg. Harris, E. M., USNRFebruary 1946 - 25 May 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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