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USS LST-640


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Hotel - Tango
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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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 May 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 31 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-640, 18 September 1944, Fred P. McKenney Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-640 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight;
    LST Group Twenty-Two;
    LST Division Forty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Palawan Island landings, 1 to 2 March 1945
    Visayan Island landings, 25 to 28 March and 2 to 4 and 7 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-640 was assigned to China Service from 24 March to 20 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1946
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • 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-640 518k Launching of LST-640, 31 August 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL. Michael Guinn for his father Harold C. Guinn GM2/c USS LST-640
    LST-640 218k USS LST-640 enlisted crew photo, date and location unknown. Michael Guinn for his father Harold C. Guinn GM2/c USS LST-640
    LST-640 152k USS LST-640 Gunnery Division (Harold C. Guinn, front row 2nd from right), date and location unknown. Michael Guinn for his father Harold C. Guinn GM2/c USS LST-640
    LST-640 185k USS LST-640 Gunnery Division (Harold C. Guinn, front row right), date and location unknown. Michael Guinn for his father Harold C. Guinn GM2/c USS LST-640
    LST-640 298k USS LST-640 twin 40mm AA gun mount crew. Harold C. Guinn GM2/c third from right, probably 1945 heading for Labuan, North Borneo for operation Oboe. Michael Guinn for his father Harold C. Guinn GM2/c USS LST-640
    LST-640 43k USS LST-640 beached at Labuan, North Borneo, 10 June 1945, as a jeep of the Australian Army's 24th Infantry Brigade moves ashore during "Operation Oboe 6".
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108914.
    Australian War Memorial.
    LST-640 66k USS LST-640 beached at Labuan, North Borneo, 10 June 1945, as a bulldozer pulls a truck ashore. Note the Australian soldiers laying a wire mesh ramp to the water's edge to enable vehicles to come ashore without bogging down in the sand.
    Australian Naval Historical Collection photo # 305131.
    Australian War Memorial.
    LST-560 80k USS LST-640 and USS LST-560 beached at Labuan, North Borneo, 10 June 1945, as a jeep of the Australian Army's 13 Wireless Section (Heavy) is towed ashore by a US bulldozer, during "Operation Oboe 6".
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108880.
    Australian War Memorial.
    LST-560 72k USS LST-640 and USS LST-560 beached at Labuan, North Borneo, 10 June 1945, as a jeep of the Australian Army's 13 Wireless Section (Heavy) moving ashore during "Operation Oboe 6".
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108883.
    Australian War Memorial.

    USS LST-640
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McKenney Jr., Fred Palmer, USNR18 September 1944 - 21 October 1945
    02LTjg. Spangler, Thomas Grace, USNR21 October 1945 - 8 January 1946
    03LTjg. Williamson Jr., Arnold, USNR8 January 1946 - 26 February 1946
    04LTjg. La Belle, C. J., USNR26 February 1946 - 31 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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