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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operations
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Red Beach below Catmon Hill
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 10 April 1945
    Luzon operations
    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.
    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
  • Following service in the Southwest Pacific Area USS LST-698 was assigned to:
    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
    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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    LST-698 65k 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
    LST-698 89k USS LST-698 at anchor at Eniwetok Atoll, date unknown. Richelle Slater for her father Richard F. Ring C-MoMM USS LST-134

    USS LST-698
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gilbert, Glen Willbern, USN3 June 1944 - 26 November 1945
    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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