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USS Daggett Country (LST-689)
USS LST-689) (1944 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - November - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
USS Daggett County (LST-689) was first transferred to Japan, named JDS Oosumi (LST-4001) and later transferred to the Philippines, renamed BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 11 January 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 9 March 1944
Commissioned USS LST-689, 2 May 1944, LT. Frank D. McKay USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-689 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (23);
LST Group Thirty-Seven, CDR. R. D. Higgins USNR;
LST Division Seventy-Four and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Decommissioned, 30 June 1946
Laid up in reserve
Named USS Daggett County (LST 689), , 1 July 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1959
Transferred to Japan in 1961, named JDS Oosumi (LST-4001)
Transferred to the Republic of the Philippines in 1975, named BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506)
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by Philippines Navy, date unknown
USS LST-689 earned one battle star for World War II service
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-689
||Three US Navy ships of Task Group 32.12 during the bombardment of Anguar, 15 September 1944, are visible (l-r): the battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43), wearing camouflage Measure 32 Design 1D; USS LST-689; and the heavy cruiser USS Minneapolis (CA-36), which wore a unique camouflage that should give her the silhouette of a destroyer. USN photo.
||USS LST-689 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port
| JDS Oosumi (LST-4001)
||Ex-USS Daggett County (LST-689) in Japanese naval service as JDS Oosumi (LST-4001) secured to a mooring buoy, location unknown.
Official Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force photo.
| BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506)
||Ex-USS Daggett County (LST-689) in Philippines naval service as BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506) at Cavite, Philippine Islands in October 1991.
||BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506) dry docked at A.G & P. Shipyard, Bauan, Batangas Island, Philippine Islands, 30 October 1992.
||BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506) at Cavite, Philippine Islands in January 1993.
USS LST-689 / Daggett County (LST-689)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. McKay Jr., Frank D., USNR||2 May 1944 - November 1945|
|02||LTjg. Wolfe, Gregory B., USNR||November 1945 - June 1946|
|03||ENS. Baker, B. E., USNR||June 1946 - 30 June 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 13 February 2015
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|