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LST-704


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)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal


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. W. H. Walshe, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LST-704 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Following World War II LST-704 performed occupation duty in the Far East until late 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.
  • LST-704 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    4 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
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    LST-990 123k LST-990, LST-704, 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 LSM-115 beached alongside LST-704, date and place unknown. Robert Morris, CO USS LSM-115

    View the LST-704
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    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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