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USS LST-664 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 January 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 13 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-664, 10 May 1944, LT. John R. Burke, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-664 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign::

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
  • Decommissioned, 12 October 1949
  • Recommissioned, 14 December 1951
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 19 April 1955, placed in service as USNS T-LST-664
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 October 1973, to Majid Karoon, Inc., Khorramshahr, Iran
  • USS LST-664 earned one battle star 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-664 540k USS LST-664 moored in the port of Nisida Italy, 9 August 1944 with an unidentified LST alongside and the following LCIs:
    Front row, left to right;
    USS LCI(L)-951
    USS LCI(L)-520
    USS LCI(L)-954
    Back row, left to right;
    USS LCI(L)-950 and
    USS LCI(L)-952.
    Jerry Gilmartin MMCS(SW) Ret., PT658 Curator, LCI713 AFMM Secretary
    LST-664 96k USS LST-664 underway, date and location unknown. Howard Rodgers RMSN USS LST-664
    Montgomery County 71k USS LST-1041 and USS LST-664, beached, date and location unknown Tommy Trampp
    LST-664 260k USS LST-664, under way, date and location unknown Richelle Slater for her father Richard F. Ring C-MoMM USS LST-134

    USS LST-664
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Burke, John R., USNR10 May 1944 - December 1945
    02LT. Pike, Robert M., USNRDecember 1945 - June 1946
    03LT. Riker, A. S., USNRJune 1946 - July 1947
    04LT. Bryan, Jr., George RaymondJuly 1947 - 12 October 1949
     Decommissioned12 October 1949 - 14 December 1951
    05LT. Clarkson, J. J.1953
    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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