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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Papa - Tango
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)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 1 April 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 18 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-701, 13 June 1944, LT. Raymond S. Glessner USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-701 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operations
Assault and Occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April 24 June 1945
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Nasugbu operation, 31 January 1945
For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-701 was assigned to:
LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. Laidlaw;
LST Group Sixteen, LCDR. J. T. Brugger USNR;
LST Division Thirty-Two
Decommissioned, 13 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
USS LST-701 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 October 1947, to Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
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-701 beached in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines, 14 January 1945.
Leonard D. LeClair Jr. RM3/c USS LST-701 wrote on the back of this photo "The natives were waiting for us to come a shore [to] trade clothes for Japanese invasion money."
|Photo - Jan McDaniel/Quigg for her father John Roscoe McDaniel WT3/c USS LST-701
Caption - Dean LeClair for his father Leonard D. LeClair Jr. RM3/c USS LST-701
||USS LST-701 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 51441, courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1967
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Glessner, Raymond, Samuel USNR||13 June 1944 - 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
John Roscoe McDaniel’s Naval Log
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 14 July 2017
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