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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 9 March 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 9 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-699, 5 June 1944, LT. Shull Bonsall, USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-699 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 5 to 8 November 1944
|Consolidation and Capture of Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
Following World War II USS LST-699 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 24 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 December 1947, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
USS LST-699 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|6 September 1945 to 14 April 1946||6 September 1945 to 14 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-699 beached at Blue Beach, Morotai, 17 May 1945, while loading a 7-ton trailer of 5 Airfield Construction Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.The trailer was destined for delivery at Sanga Sanga in the Tawitawi Group, of the Southern Philippine Islands.
Australian War Memorial photo # 092416.
|Australian War Memorial
||USS LST-699 beached at Blue Beach, Morotai, 17 May 1945, while troops of 5 Airfield Construction Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force standby for embarkation to Sanga Sanga in the Tawitawi Group, of the Southern Philippine Islands.
Australian War Memorial photo # 092420.
|Australian War Memorial
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Bonsall, Shull, USNR||5 June 1944 - 4 September 1945|
|02||LTjg. Collins, Lester B., USNR||4 September 1945 - 24 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
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