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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 (4) - 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, 28 December 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 13 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-658, 17 April 1944. LT. Roger L. Conkling, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-658 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    For the Western Carolines, Leyte and Luzon operations USS LST-658 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Fourteen;
    LST Group Forty;
    For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-658 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Sixteen, CAPT. N.W. Sears;
    LST Group Forty-Six, LCDR. J. R. Keeling;
    LST Division Ninety-One and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, Peleliu, 15 September to 14 October 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 6 November and 19 to 29 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April 1945

  • USS LST-658 transported LCT-773 to Western Caroline Islands for the attack on the Palau Islands
  • Following World War II USS LST-658 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 18 October 1945 
    1 November 1945 to 1 June 19461 November 1945 to 1 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 1 June 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposition
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-658 earned four 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-658 194k USS LST-658 at Peliliu Island, circa 15 September 1944. LST-658 was loaded with LCT-773, plus 5 LVT flamethrowers, 15 LVTs and 2 DUKWS, miscellaneous priority cargo including HE ammunition, gasoline, rations and equipment. She also carried 419 Marine and Naval personnel passengers. John De Noma
    LST-658 145k USS LST-658 at Peleliu Island, 15 September 1944, launching Marine vehicles at a distance of about two and a half miles off of Orange Beach. After completing this phase of the operation LST-658 moved several more miles further out from the beach to launch LCT-773. John De Noma
    LST-658 161k USS LST-658 launching LCT-773 on 15 September 1944 at 1234 H plus 4 1/2 hours, at Peleliu Island. John De Noma

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Conkling, Roger Linton, USNR17 April 1944 - 8 November 1944
    02LT. Vander, Linden G. V., USNR8 November 1944 - February 1946
    03LTjg. Sanborn, Fredric C., USNRFebruary 1946 - 1 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    For more photos and information about USS LST-658 see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
  • Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
  • Action Report of the Invasion of Peleliu, Palau Islands
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

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

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