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USS LST-682


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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 (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 December 1943, at Jefferson Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 31 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-682, 18 March 1944, LT. Elliott R. Hedge, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-682 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy 6 to 25 June 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 May to 10 June 1945

  • While serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-682 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. E. L. Jungerfeld, USNR
    LST Group Seventeen, CAPT. E. Watts, USN;
    LST Division Thirty-Four
  • Following World War II USS LST-682 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    28 October to 5 December 1945
    14 December 1945 to 20 January 1946
    10 to 28 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 2 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 3 June 1948, to Walter W. Johnson Co. for scrapping
  • USS LST-682 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 4 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-682 214k USS LST-682 under way, date and location unknown. Note LCT-642 loaded on the main deck of USS LST-682 Allan Harden for his father Jack Murrell Harden S1/c USNR USS LST-682
    LST-682 242k USS LST-682 unloading vehicles across the beach, date and location unknown. Note that the truck and artillery piece were stored in the well deck of LCT-642 on her main deck. Allan Harden for his father Jack Murrell Harden S1/c USNR USS LST-682
    LST-682 308k
    LST-682 308k
    LST-682 249k USS LST-682 beached, circa 1945, location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-682 37k USS LST-682 under tow, date and location unknown. Tom Lawson
    LST-682 355k One of the USS LST-682 officers on the conning tower, date and location unknown. Allan Harden for his father Jack Murrell Harden S1/c USNR USS LST-682
    LST-682 56k USS LST-682 crewmen catching some shade on a hot day, date and location unknown. Allan Harden for his father Jack Murrell Harden S1/c USNR USS LST-682
    LST-682 331k USS LST-682 crewmen heading out on liberty, date and location unknown. Allan Harden for his father Jack Murrell Harden S1/c USNR USS LST-682
    LST-682 60k USS LST-682 crewmen on the main deck, date and location unknown. Allan Harden for his father Jack Murrell Harden S1/c USNR USS LST-682
    LST-682 682k USS LST-682 Plan of the Day, 27 May 1945, Sunday routine. Allan Harden for his father Jack Murrell Harden S1/c USNR USS LST-682

    USS LST-682
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hedge, Elliott R., USNR18 March 1944 - 30 October 1945
    02LT. Benson, Myron R., USNR30 October 1945 - January 1946
    03LTjg. Forgerson, James G., USNRJanuary 1946 - 2 July 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 Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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