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USS LST-675


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Kilo - Romeo
NFKR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 4 April 1945) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 16 April 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 2 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-675, 24 June 1944, LTjg Joseph W. Lafferty USN in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-675 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    World War II Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 2 May 1945

  • Following service in the Southwest Pacific Area USS LST-675 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. Laidlaw;
    LST Group Sixteen, LCDR. J. T. Brugger USNR;
    LST Division Thirty-One
  • USS LST-675 suffered severe damage due to enemy action at Okinawa, 4 April 1945 and was deemed unsalvagable and abandoned
  • Decommissioned, 25 August 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 September 1945
  • USS LST-675 earned two 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
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers, 131 enlisted
    Boats 6 LCVPs
    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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    Size Image Description Source
    LST-675 155k LST-765 Christened by Mrs. Van Hook, 2 June 1944, at the American Bridge Company, Ambridge, PA.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-407419: a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US National Archives
    LST-675 49k USS LST-675 at anchor, date and location unknown. Note, the LSM approaching on LST-675's starboard side. David Bauer

    USS LST-675
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Lafferty, William Joseph USN 24 June 1944 - 18 April 1945
    02LT. Hamlin, Lyman W. USNR 18 April 1945 - 25 August 1945
    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 Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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