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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 (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 February 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 27 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-667, 20 May 1944, ENS. Wladyslaw S. Biernat, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-667 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
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Visayan Island landings, 29 March to 1 April 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 30 April to 3 May 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-667 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    15 September to 20 October 1945
    12 to 25 November 1945
    23 December 1945 to 8 January 1946
    20 January to 26 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 5 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold to Learner Co., Oakland, CA., 11 December 1947, for scrapping
  • USS LST-667 earned five battle stars 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-667 66k USS LST-667 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 18 September 1944 while unloading tractors and bulldozers of the Royal Australian Air Force No. 14 Airfield Construction Squadron.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 061656
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-667 55k USS LST-667 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 18 September 1944 while Royal Australian Air Force engineers unload heavy construction equipment.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 017687
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-614 52k USS LST-614 (far left), USS LST-667 (center), and USS LST-555 (far right), unload at Lingayen Gulf, January 1945. US Navy photo Bill Lambert
    LST-555/667 69k USS LST-667 along with USS LST-555 to port, unload at Lingayen Gulf, January 1945
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    LST-614 57k USS LST-614 and USS LST-667 (in background), unload at Lingayen Gulf, January 1945.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    LST-667 1496k Navy Surgeons at work aboard USS LST-667, 29 April 1945. LST-667 was surgically equipped and had multiple surgical teams aboard. Carl Kracht for his father PHom1/c Ken Kracht
    LST-667 1497k
    LST-667 1500k USS LST-667 beached at Tarakan Island, Borneo, 1 May 1945, launching LCT "El Toro", 727th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, US Army. Note USS LCS(L)(3)-43 in the background. Carl Kracht for his father PHom1/c Ken Kracht
    LST-667 136k USS LST-667 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa early 1946
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79018, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS LST-667
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Biernat, Wladyslaw Stanislaw, USN20 May 1944 - 5 June 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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