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USS Yolo (APB-43)
USS LST(M)-677 (1945)
USS LST-677 (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Lima - Echo
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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LST-542 class Landing Ship Tank / Benewah class Self-propelled Barracks Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 April 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 16 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-677, 3 July 1944 at New Orleans, LA., LT. Charles H. Bast USNR in command
  • Reclassified, Landing Ship Tank (Modified) LST(M)-677, 21 January 1945
  • Redesignated and named USS Yolo (APB-43), 31 March 1945
  • During World War II USS Yolo (APB-43) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 28 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Yolo (APB-43) performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • Decommissioned, 9 August 1946 and laid up at the Atlantic Reserve Fleet Norfolk Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1959
  • USS Yolo (APB-43) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 February 1960, to the J. C. Berkwit Co., New York, N.Y.
    APB Specifications:
    Displacement 4,080 t.
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 141
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 40
    Enlisted 300
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    five Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin rubbers
    two propellers, 1,800shp

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    LST-677 115k Seen here as USS LST-677 at Purvis Bay, Tulagi, Solomon Islands. Taking on fresh water piped down from the hills. Painted dark green. Mobile Riverine Force

    USS LST-677 / USS LST(M)-677(M) / USS Yolo (APB-43)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bast, Charles, Homer, USNR3 July 1944 - 6 November 1945
    01LTjg. Kinley, Edward Charles, USN6 November 1945 - 9 August 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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