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USAT LST-694 (1947 - 1950)
USS LST-694 (1944 - 1947)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Oscar - Hotel
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 (5) - 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, 14 February 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 16 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-694, 19 May 1944, LT. Joseph D. McLaughlin USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-694 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Two, CDR. E. H.Pope, USN;
    LST Division Forty-Four and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operation
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 29 November 1944
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 4 July 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 17 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-694 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 December 1945 to 23 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 1 December 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 December 1947 and transferred to US Army control
  • Reacquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950, and placed in service by the Military Sealift Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS T-LST-694
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register,4 February 1958
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-694 earned five battle stars for World War II service
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    LST-694 57k USS LST-694, beached, date and location unknown. William Parker S1/c, USS LST-694

    USS LST-694
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McLaughlin, Joseph D., USNR19 May 1944 - 17 October 1945
    02LTjg. Bigelow, Herbert G., USNR17 October 1945 - 26 January 1946
    03LTjg. Mehr, Charles E., USNR26 January 1946 - June 1946
    04LTjg. Dietz, Theodore E. USNRJune 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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