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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Whiskey - Sierra
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:
|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 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
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 6 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-663 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Ex-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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Lambert Jr., Richard P., USNR||5 May 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LT. Yacevich, John, USN||December 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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