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November - Foxtrot - Kilo - Kilo
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:
|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
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||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.
||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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Cocke, Charles L., USNR||19 June 1944 - 20 November 1945|
|02||LT. Hennessy, Herman L., USNR||20 November 1945 - 2 April 1946|
|03||LTjg. Lewis, R. C., USNR||2 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 16 January 2015
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