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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
    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'
    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
    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
    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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    USS LST-689
    LST-689 50k 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. Robert Hurst
    LST-689 52k USS LST-689 at anchor, date and location unknown. LST Home Port
    JDS Oosumi (LST-4001)
    LST-689 73k 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.
    Robert Hurst
    BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506)
    LST-689 101k Ex-USS Daggett County (LST-689) in Philippines naval service as BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506) at Cavite, Philippine Islands in October 1991. Edison Sy
    LST-689 80k BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506) dry docked at A.G & P. Shipyard, Bauan, Batangas Island, Philippine Islands, 30 October 1992. Edison Sy
    LST-689 81k BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506) at Cavite, Philippine Islands in January 1993. Edison Sy

    USS LST-689 / Daggett County (LST-689)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McKay Jr., Frank D., USNR2 May 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Wolfe, Gregory B., USNRNovember 1945 - June 1946
    03ENS. Baker, B. E., USNRJune 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
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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