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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Mike - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal Bottom Row
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 29 November 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 7 February 1944
Commissioned USS LST-683, 28 March 1944, LT. Richard T. Paynter, USNR, in command
During World War II LST-683 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
LST Group One Hundred Eleven LCDR. A. H. Tutt;
LST Division Two Hundred Twenty-One
Following World War II USS LST-683 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September to 18 November 1945||
|3 January to 23 February 1946||3 January to 23 February 1946
Decommissioned, 29 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
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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||USS LST-683 in San Francisco Bay with LCT(6)-1396
loaded on her main deck, circa early 1946.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 79090, caption courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
||USS LST-683 with the 1909th Engineers Aviation Battalion (Negro) and LCT(6)-1006, 15 August 1945.
A National Archives photo from the Still Picture Records LICON, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives, College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
USS LST-1085 and
USS LST-131, on the LST ramp at Yokohama between, circa September to November 1945.
||Patrick D. Dolan in honor of Charles Houston Harris SM3/c USS LST-1085
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Paynter, Richard Travers, USNR||28 March 1944 - 22 November 1945|
|02||LTjg. Lehrling, George Edmund, USNR||22 November 1945 - 29 May 1946 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
Last Updated 29 March 2019
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