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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 March 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 13 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-700, 7 June 1944, LT. Lee DeBoer, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-700 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landing, 5 to 18 November 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing 4 to 18 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-700 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 September 1945 to 18 March 194612 September 1945 to 18 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 27 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 December 1947, to Kaiser Co., Vancouver, WA.
  • USS LST-700 earned two 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. (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 700
    SWPA photo # SIGC-44-20007
    1265k USS LST-700 and USS LST-751 beached at "White Beach," Tacloban, Leyte, P.I., 22 October 1944. USS LST-700 is unloading trucks of the First Signal Corps laboratory. This unit served the immediate photographic requirements of General Mac Arthur, his staff and tactical commanders. In addition USS LST-700 also carried personnel of General Headquarters advanced echelon which set a precedent by landing only two days after the first American forces invading the island.
    SWPA photo # SIGC-44-20007 a US Army Signal Corps and SC 268009 by PFC Ovid De Flores, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST 700
    SC 268009
    LST 751 1411k USS LST-700 and USS LST-751 beached at "White Beach," Tacloban, Leyte, P.I., 22 October 1944. USS LST-700 is unloading trucks of the First Signal Corps laboratory and personnel of General Headquarters advanced echelon.
    SWPA photo # SIGC-44-20005 a US Army Signal Corps photo by PFC Ovid De Flores, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr

    USS LST-700
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. DeBoer, Lee, USNR7 June 1944 - November 1944
    02LT. Buchbinder, Julian, USNRNovember 1944 - March 1945
    03LT. Marlais, M. J., USNRMarch 1945 - December 1945
    04LTjg. Blodgett, Charles W., USNRDecember 1945 - February 1946
    05LTjg. Gilmour, Robert, USNFebruary 1946 - 17 April 1946
    06LTjg. Glebocki, R., USNR17 April 1946 - July 1946
    07ENS. Sharp, H. H., USNRJuly 1946 - 27 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
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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