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USS LST-663


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - Sierra
NKWS
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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 January 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 8 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-663, 5 May 1944, LT. Richard P. Lambert Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-663 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater 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
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 24 June 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 6 November 1944
     

  • For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-663 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
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 11 December 1947, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 December 1947, to Southern Shipwrecking Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • USS LST-663 earned three 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-663 381k USS LST-663 lying at the Gulfport Boiler and Iron Works, Port Arthur TX., in 1946. Gulfport probably carried out the demilitarization of the ship prior to her sale for scrap. Also moored pierside is and unidentified tug and the fishing vessel G I Joe.
    Photo from the files of Gulfport Boiler and Iron Works, Port Arthur, TX.
    Jim Swank

    USS LST-663
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lambert Jr., Richard P., USNR5 May 1944 - December 1945
    02LT. Yacevich, John, USNDecember 1945 - 29 May 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 Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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