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USS LST-660


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Victor - Yankee
NKVY
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 January 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 24 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-660, 26 April 1944, LT. John M. Harrigan, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-660 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-660 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. A. Seay USN (24);
    LST Group Forty, CDR. G. Reith USN (24);
    LST Division Seventy-Nine and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay operation, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 5 to 18 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 29 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-660 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    6 to 23 September 1945
    19 December 1945 to 4 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
  • USS LST-660 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    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
    9 officers
    120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers
    131 enlisted
    Boats 6 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-660 66k USS LST-660 commissioning crew photo, 26 April 1944 at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA. Submitted by Matt Schneider for his grandfather Richard R. Humpert USS LST-660
    LST-660
    80-G-271205
    156k USS LST-660 under way, 19 May 1944, in the Gulf of Mexico, probably enroute for the Pacific. Note the unidentified Landing Craft Tank LCT(Mark VI) loaded on her main deck. Photographed by a lighter than aircraft from ZP-22, based at NAS Houma, LA.
    US National Archives photo #'s 80-G-271205 and 80-G-271207, US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Tracy White
    LST-660
    80-G-271207
    142k
    LST-660 65k USS LST-660 refueling at sea, date and location unknown. Photo by Richard R. Humpert USS LST-660
    submitted by Matt Schneider for his grandfather Richard R. Humpert
    LST-660 30k USS LST-660's main deck looking forward from the conning tower, date and location unknown. Photo by Richard R. Humpert USS LST-660
    submitted by Matt Schneider for his grandfather Richard R. Humpert
    LST-660 71k USS LST-660 crew members on the ramp, date and location unknown. Photo by H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660 submitted by his grandson Phil Lobato
    LST-660 50k USS LST-660 20mm gun crew, date and location unknown. Photo by H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660 submitted by his grandson Phil Lobato
    LST-660 27k USS LST-660 Gunners Mates at work on one of the ships 40mm guns, date and location unknown. Photo by H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660 submitted by his grandson Phil Lobato
    LST-660 26k Richard R. Humpert in the conning tower of USS LST-660. Note combat action symbols displayed, date and location of photo is unknown. Submitted by Matt Schneider for his grandfather Richard R. Humpert USS LST-660.
    LST-660 29k Three crew members of USS LST-660. (From left to right H. Fiorella GM2/c, Hale and Horton.) Note images painted on the bow ramp of the LCVP in the background, date and location unknown. Photo by Richard R. Humpert USS LST-660
    submitted by Matt Schneider for his grandfather Richard R. Humpert
    LST-660 150k USS LST-660 and USS LST-609 beached in the Philippines, date and location unknown. Photo by Richard R. Humpert USS LST-660
    submitted by Matt Schneider for his grandfather Richard R. Humpert
    LST-660 27k USS LST-660 at anchor, date and location unknown. Submitted by Phil Lobato for his grandfather H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660
    LST-660 50k USS LST-660 Gunners Mates (H. Fiorella GM2/c second from right bottom row), date and location unknown. Submitted by Phil Lobato for his grandfather H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660
    LST-660 53k USS LST-660 and USS LST-557, beached, date and location unknown. Submitted by Phil Lobato for his grandfather H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660
    LST-660 37k DUKW being off-loaded from USS LST-660 during amphibious operations, date and location unknown. Photo by H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660 submitted by his grandson Phil Lobato
    LST-660 48k USS LST-660 during amphibious operations, date and location unknown. Note the unidentified LSM alongside to starboard. Photo by H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660 submitted by his grandson Phil Lobato
    LST-660 37k USS LST-660 beached on a ramp with two unidentified LSTs, date and location unknown. Note the unidentified LSM alongside to starboard. Photo by H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660 submitted by his grandson Phil Lobato
    LST-660 57k USS LST-660 beached during amphibious operations, date and location unknown. Photo by H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660 submitted by his grandson Phil Lobato
    LST-660 41k USS LST-660 moored to a floating causeway during amphibious operations, date and location unknown. Photo by H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660 submitted by his grandson Phil Lobato
    LST-660 43k USS LST-660 crew members, date and location unknown. Photo by Richard Humpert USS LST-660, submitted by his grandson Matt Schneider
    LST-747 93k Right to left; USS LST-747, USS LST-627 and USS LST-660 beached, at Okinawa, probably after the island was secured, circa 1945-46. Jerry Lem Lem for his father Chung Wong Lem USS LST-747

    USS LST-660
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Harrigan, John M., USNR26 April 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Schlice, Willard James, USNRNovember 1945 - February 1946
    03LTjg. O'Ferrall, John P., USNRFebruary 1946 - 26 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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