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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - India - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Laid down, 24 July 1944 at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 16 October 1944
Commissioned USS LST-651, 4 November 1944, LTjg. Ralph B. Rowe, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-651 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-Three (flagship), CAPT. W. W. Weeden Jr., USN;
LST Group Sixty-Seven, CDR V. A. King USN;
LST Division One Hundred Thirty-Three and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation;
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 29 April 1945
Following World War II USS LST-651 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|6 to 23 September 1945
|18 December 1945 to 18 January 1946
Decommissioned, 23 January 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q023
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1947
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 26 May 1948
Final Disposition sold, 26 May 1948 to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA., and subsequently scrapped
USS LST-651 earned one battle star for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||USS LST-651 at anchor off Okinawa in April 1945.
||LST Home Port Web Site
||USS LST-651 at anchor, date and location unknown.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)