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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Quebec - Juliet
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)
Purple Hearts (2 KIA, 23 WIA [2 later died] 21 October 1944)
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. Wollen 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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 20-21 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
USS LST-704 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 May 1948, to Basalt Rock Co., Inc., Napa, CA.
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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
9 officers, 120 enlisted
14 officers, 131 enlisted
Boats 6 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-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.
||USS LSM-115 beached alongside USS LST-704, date and location unknown.
||Robert Morris, CO USS LSM-115
||From right to left;
USS LST-704 and
and three unidentified LSTs (all of LST Flotilla Three) spread along
(from the left) Orange Two, Orange One, Blue Two, Blue One beaches of the initial landings on Leyte Island,
Philippines. The date is 21 October 1944 between 0914 and 1051 hours. Within the next few hours the Japanese would
rain down mortar and artillery fire onto these beaches.hitting LST-486 on main deck between frames 14 and 15, no
casualties; LST-269 received two direct mortar hits killing two and wounding three; LST-704 received seven direct hits
by mortar and artillery causing much damage and killing two, and wounding twenty-three with two dying later.
Ref. LST-704 War Diary and COMLSTFLOT3 War Diary, U.S. Army Signal Corps Photo 254880 now in the collections of the US National Archives,
Local ID 111-SCA-2857. National Archives ID 80662621.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Walshe, Wollen H. USNR||27 June 1944 - 18 August 1945|
|02||LT. Dunlap, John B. USNR||18 August 1945 - 30 November 1945|
|03||LTjg. McQueen, John Edd USN||30 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
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