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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima, 15 February 1945) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 1 June 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 4 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-641, 22 September 1944, LT. Charles A. Watson, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS LST-641 was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-One, CAPT. W. H. Brereton USN (24);
    LST Group Sixty-Two, CDR. W. M. Gullett USN (27);
    LST Division One Hundred Twenty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 20 to 28 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 29 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-641 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 to 25 September 19456 March to 13 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1946, in China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-641 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-641 935k LST-641 launching, 4 September 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. Seneca, IL. Eugene (Gene) Powell for his father-in-law Willie Carl Hammond SF/3c USNR USS LST-641 1944-46
    LST-641 44k USS LST-641 beached during the invasion of Iwo Jima on D-Day, 15 February 1945. Note Marines evacuating wounded comrades to a waiting amphibious vessel and LCT-1300 still loaded on LST-641's main deck. Fred Wells USS LST-641 1944-46
    LST-641 43k USS LST-641 beached in the background during the invasion of Iwo Jima on D-Day, 15 February 1945 as Marines evacuate wounded comrades to a waiting amphibious vessel's. Fred Wells USS LST-641 1944-46
    LST-641 49k USS LST-641 beached at Iwo Jima during the initial landings. Note LCVP No. 1 from the cargo ship USS Jupiter (AK-43) beached alongside USS LST-641 Fred Wells USS LST-641 1944-46
    LST-641 43k USS LST-641 and USS LST-654 moored on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China 3 March 1946 Fred Wells USS LST-641 1944-46
    LST-641 783k USS LST-641 ports of call, 22 September 1944 - 23 April 1946. Eugene (Gene) Powell for his father-in-law Willie Carl Hammond SF/3c USNR USS LST-641 1944-46

    USS LST-641
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Watson, Charles A., USNR22 September 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Ellis, Jack K., USNRNovember 1945 - 13 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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