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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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LST-511 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 25 February 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 25 April 1944
Commissioned USS LST-696, 26 May 1944, Lt. George A. Hayward USNR, in command
During World War II LST-696 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT E. Watts, USN;
LST Group Twenty-Three, CDR. T.C. Linthicum, USN;
LST Division Forty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Western New Guinea operations
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
Leyte landings, 5 to 18 November 1944
Following World War II USS LST-696 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 16 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
USS LST-696 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|23 September to 25 November 1945
|25 January to 14 February 1946
|4 to 11 March 1946 1946
|26 March to 23 April 1946
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-696 officers, 1 September 1945, location unknown.
Photo courtesy of John Hendrickson.
||USS LST-696 beached alongside USS LST-751, date and location unknown.
Photo by George Calvert, S1/c LST-696, courtesy of R P Calvert.
||USS LST-696 under way, circa 1945, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84865. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Hayward, George Amos, USNR||26 May 1944 - 15 December 1945|
|02||LT. Wertheimer, Joel L., USNR||15 December 1945 - 11 February 1946|
|03||LTjg. Hollingsworth Jr., Louis Robert, USNR||11 February 1946 - 3 May 1946|
|04||LTjg. Hendrickson Jr., John Hunt, USNR||3 May 1946 - 21 May 1946|
|05||LTjg. Berman, Max, USNR||21 May 1946 - June 1946|
|06||LTjg. Meredith, G. D., USNR||June 1946 - 16 July 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
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