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USS LST-687


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Lima - Kilo
NFLK
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 December 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 28 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-687, 22 April 1944, LT. Ned Miller USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-687 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Sixteen, CAPT. N.W. Sears;
    LST Group Forty-Six, LCDR. J. R. Keeling;
    LST Division Ninety-One and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, Peleliu, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 6 September to 14 October and 19 to 29 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-687 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    3 to 19 November 1945
    1 to 6 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS LST-687 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 September 1947, to William E. Skinner
    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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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-925/623/1028/687 69k USS LST-687 unloads on Orange Beach during the Lingayen Gulf landings on 16 January 1945. USS LST-925 lays on the beached broached at a right angle to USS LST-1028. Both ships had been attacked and seriously damaged by Japanese Torpedo Boats using depth charges. USS LST-623 is beached further down the beach while unloading equipment and supplies. Photo by Bernard DeNoma LCT-725 radioman and machine gunner
    LST-687 69k USS LST-687 in drydock, date and location unknown. Submitted by Pat Wiseman for his father-in-law George E. Lewis MoMM1/c, June 1944-November 1945 USS LST-687
    LST-687 110k USS LST-687 crew photo, date and location unknown. Submitted by Pat Wiseman for his father-in-law George E. Lewis MoMM1/c, June 1944-November 1945 USS LST-687
    LST-687 77k US LST-687 homeward bound. Note: pennant flying from her starboard yardarm, circa January 1946. Submitted by Pat Wiseman for his father-in-law George E. Lewis MoMM1/c, June 1944-November 1945 USS LST-687

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Miller, Ned, USN22 April 1944 - 14 July 1945
    02LT. Rogers, James P., USNR14 July 1946 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Cale, Sherman Loar, USNDecember 1945 - 24 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log


    For more photos and information about USS LST-687 see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
  • Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

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