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USS LST-666


International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Foxtrot - Zulu
NFIZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 February 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 24 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-666, 16 May 1944, at Ambridge, PA., LT. John H. Reid, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-666 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Two, CDR. E.H.Pope, USN;
    LST Division Forty-three and participated in the following campaigns

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operation
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings - Tacloban, 16 to 30 October and 9 to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Palawan Island landings, Puerto Princessa, 1 to 2 March 1945
    Visayan Island landings, Iloilo, Panay Island and Pulupandan, Negros Island, 18 March and 29 March to 1 April 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 9 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-666 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    28 September to 12 December 1945
    20 December 1945 to 5 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946, A total of 314 officers and men served aboard USS LST-666 during the ship's 25 months of commissioned service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • USS LST-666 earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 26 September 1947, to Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA. for scrapping
    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
    7 officers, 104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers, 147 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-666 101k USS LST-666 crew photo, 7 May 1944, Ambridge, PA. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 83k USS LST-666 and USS LST-741 beached on D+3, 18 September 1944, while unloading at Halmahera Island during the Morotai landings, Western New Guinea operation. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 78k USS LST-666 beached on D+3, 18 September 1944, while unloading at Halmahera Island during the Morotai landings, Western New Guinea operation. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 90k Philippine citizens watch USS LST-666 unloading a tank at La Paz, Subic Bay on the Bataan Peninsula, Luzon, P.I., D-Day, 4 February 1945. The landing was unopposed. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 164k Philippine citizens watch USS LST-666 unloading trucks at La Paz, Subic Bay on the Bataan Peninsula, Luzon, P.I., D-Day, 4 February 1945. The landing was unopposed. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 121k USS LST-666 beaching at La Paz, Subic Bay on the Bataan Peninsula, Luzon, P.I., D-Day, 4 February 1945. A San Francisco Daily News photo dated 6 February 1945 and captioned: "SHORE-SIDE SEATS are taken by Filipinos at the invasion of Subic Bay by Mac Arthur's forces. It's the real thing and, unlike the old-time maneuvers, no one is barred, even Japs. The latter, however, were absent, and the surprise landing was bloodless. Old glory flies again on Subic Bay. A pair of Filipino girls happily embrace as a heavily-loaded LST noses into the sand under the shadow of the Stars and Stripes. The Subic Bay landing cut retreating Japs off from Bataan. Yesterday, Yank forces spread steadily through Manila's streets." Hal Young USS LST-666
    LST-666 302k USS LST-666 at anchor in Subic Bay in 1945. Dave Aro
    LST-666 106k View of Puerto Princessa, Palawan, P.I., D+1, 1 May 1945 as seen from USS LST-666. Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 94k USS LST-666 beached at Puerto Princessa, Palawan, P.I., D+1, 1 May 1945. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 90k USS LST-666 and USS LST-922 moored or beached, date and location unknown. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 91k USS LST-666 at anchor at Saipan in 1945. She is flying her Homeward Bound pennant. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 102k USS LST-666 signal bridge crew. (Harold A. Young SM2/c lower right), date unknown. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 95k USS LST-666 gun crew, left to right, Parsons, Marsh, Foster, Latini, unknown, date unknown. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 85k USS LST-666 gun crew, left to right, D'Agostino, Becker, Glabas, Eberhardt, date unknown. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-666 1167k USS LST-666 anchored off San Pedro, CA. after 21 months at sea., 10 February 1946. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666 and David Buell.

    USS LST-666
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Reid, John H., USNR16 May 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Prince, Sanford J., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Kobrock, John D., USNRMarch 1946 - 20 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Crew Contact
    Contact: Hal Young
    Address: 42600 Cherry Hill Road, Apt. 145, Canton, MI., 48187
    Phone: (734) 392-7146
    E-mail: Hal Young

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    United States LST Association
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