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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 - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 April 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 26 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-674, 19 June 1944, LT. Charles L. Cocke, USNR, in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-674 was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater (convoy HXM 30) and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Five CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
    LST Group One Hundred Four CDR. D. Stubbs USN (25);
    LST Division Two Hundred Seven and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Invasions of Kerama Retto, Ryukyu Islands 26-30 March 1945
    Invasion of Keise Shima, Ryukyu Islands 31 March 1945
    Invasion of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands 1 April to 21 June 1945
    Invasion of Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands 16-18 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-674 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 September to 1 December 1945
    18 to 23 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 14 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
  • USS LST-674 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-674 50k LST-674 launching, 26 May 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-407418 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Michael Mohl
    LST-899 50k USS LST-674 at left and USS LST-899 at right, beached, date and location unknown. Ruth D. Laskowski for her brother John J. Rzeszut BKR3/c (at right) USS LST-899

    USS LST-674
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Cocke, Charles L., USNR19 June 1944 - 20 November 1945
    02LT. Hennessy, Herman L., USNR20 November 1945 - 2 April 1946
    03LTjg. Lewis, R. C., USNR2 April 1946 - 14 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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