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USS LST-668


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Juliet - Hotel
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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 (4) Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 March 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 30 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-668, 15 May 1944, LT. Roland B. McArthur, USN (Ferry Command), in command
  • During World War II USS LST-668 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT. E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Two (flagship), CDR. E. H.Pope, USN; 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 Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 16 May 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 16 to 30 October and 9 to 29 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 12 to 28 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 24 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 May 1947, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
  • USS LST-668 earned four 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
    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
    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-668 54k LST-668 at the American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA. prior to launching, 30 April 1944 Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 73k LST-668 launching at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA., 30 April 1944 Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 69k LST-668 after launching at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA., 30 April 1944 Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 118k USS LST-668 commissioning crew, at Navy Base Algiers, LA, 23 May 1944 Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-942 189k From right to left USS LST-942, USS LST-614, USS LST-757, USS LST-668 and two unidentified LSTs beached at Waterhole, Hollandia, date unknown. Carol Hawk for her father-in-law Judson L Hawk, Jr. RM3/c LCT 1332
    LST-614 109k From right to left USS LST-614, USS LST-757, USS LST-668 and two unidentified LSTs beached at Waterhole, Hollandia, date unknown. Bill Lambert USS LST-614
    LST-1106/668 49k USS LST-668 and USS LST-1106 along with another LST beached at Leyte, circa 1945 Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, USS LSM-467, Collection
    LST-668 196k USS LST-668 looking forward from the bridge, beached at Subic Bay, P.I., 9 February 1945. Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 82k USS LST-668's deck force, date and location unknown. Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 101k USS LST-668's ships doctor, Dr. Tondreau and the CO LT. Clark, date and location unknown. Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 44k USS LST-668 beached, date and location unknown. (This photo is titled "Little".) Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 50k USS LST-668 beached date and location unknown. (This photo is titled "Smith, Bielong, Moulder, Lyles, Fede".) Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 43k USS LST-668 beached at Mindoro, P.I., date unknown. Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 52k USS LST-668 beached at Mindoro, P.I., date unknown. Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668
    LST-668 53k USS LST-668 moored at Samar, P.I., date unknown. Brenda Mitchell for her Father Ralph T. Johnston SKG3 USN USS LST-668

    USS LST-668
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McArthur, Roland Barrow, USN (Ferry Command)15 May 1944 - 23 May 1945
    02LT. Clark, Milford E., USNR23 May 1944 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Billue, J. H., LTJG USNRDecember 1945 - 24 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    United States LST Association
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