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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-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 14 March 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 5 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-698, 3 June 1944, LT. Glen W. Gilbert, USN in command
During World War II, USS LST-698 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
Red Beach below Catmon Hill
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 10 April 1945
Lingayen Gulf landings, 11 to 18 January 1945
USS LST-698 loaded LCT-898 at New Orleans in June 1944 for operations in
the Philippines, prior to departing for Pearl Harbor, T.H, via Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Panama Canal, and San Diego, CA.
Following service in the Southwest Pacific Area USS LST-698 was assigned to:
While at Hawaii USS LST-698, with LCT-898 on board, participated in training for LVT launch and recovery. USS LST-698, with LCT-898 on board, departed Hawaii in July 1944 for Manus, Admiralty Islands in preparation for operations in Leyte Gulf. USS LST-698 side launched LCT-898 off Red Beach, Catmon Hill, Leyte, 20 October 1944
LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. Seay (24) USN;
LST Group Forty-One, CDR. E. C. Parsons USNR;
LST Division Eighty-One
Decommissioned, 26 November 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
USS LST-698 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Sold, 25 June 1946, to Arctic Circle Exploration, Inc., Seattle, WA.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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-698 on Red Beach, Catmon Hill, Leyte, 20 October 1944 with three additional LSTs.
||Photo by Oscar R. "Mickey" McClinton USS LST-698. Submitted by Reggie McClinton, USS Terrebonne Parish
||USS LST-698 at anchor at Eniwetok Atoll, date unknown.
||Richelle Slater for her father Richard F. Ring C-MoMM USS LST-134
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Gilbert, Glen Willbern, USN||3 June 1944 - 26 November 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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