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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 April 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 3 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-704, 27 June 1944, LT. Woollen H. Walshe, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-704 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 landings, 20 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault and Occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 9 April

  • Following service in the Southwest Pacific Area USS LST-704 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Three, CDR. A. A. Ageton USN (23);
    LST Group Eight;
    LST Division Sixteen
  • Following World War II USS LST-704 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 October to 27 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 19 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 May 1948, to Basalt Rock Co., Inc., Napa, CA.
  • USS LST-704 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.
    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
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers, 131 enlisted
    Boats 6 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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LST-990 123k USS LST-990, USS LST-704, USS LST-746 and three or four additional LSTs beached at Leyte, date unknown. Paul Webber from the collection of Lou Hall (deceased) 124th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Division.
    LSM-115 55k USS LSM-115 beached alongside USS LST-704, date and location unknown. Robert Morris, CO USS LSM-115

    USS LST-704
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Walshe, Wollen H. USNR27 June 1944 - 18 August 1945
    02LT. Dunlap, John B. USNR18 August 1945 - 30 November 1945
    03LTjg. McQueen, John E. USNR30 November 1945 - 19 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
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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