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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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (3)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 April 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 7 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-705, 4 July 1944, LT. Columb F. Cauthen Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-705 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, 5 to 18 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 18 March, 24 March to 14 April and 17 to 23 April 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-705 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    23 September 25 November 1945
    1 to 19 January 1946
    8 to 27 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 22 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 December 1947 to the Learner Co., Oakland, CA.
  • USS LST-705 earned three 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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    LST-705 48k USS LST-705 beached while unloading trucks at Legaspi, Philippine Islands in 1945. Tom Lawson and Jess Dunham ABCS USN for his father-in-law CMoMM Virgil M. Morden USS LST-705
    LST-705 37k USS LST-705, USS LST-584 and an unidentified LST beached while unloading trucks and equipment in the Philippines, date and location unknown. Jess Dunham ABCS USN for his father-in-law CMoMM Virgil M. Morden USS LST-705
    LST-705 25k USS LST-705 beached while unloading a tank, date and location unknown. Jess Dunham ABCS USN for his father-in-law CMoMM Virgil M. Morden USS LST-705
    LST-705 46k USS LST-705 beached on Luzon Island, Philippines with Ens/LTjg. Aaron A. Hoppenstein 1944-1946 Asst. Gunnery Officer, Stores Officers and X.O. in 1946 standing in front of the open bow doors, circa 1945-46. Tom Lawson
    LST-705 50k USS LST-705 entering San Francisco Bay with LCT-1189 on her deck, early 1946. Tom Lawson
    LST-705 28k USS LST-705 at anchor in San Francisco Bay with LCT-1189 on her deck, early 1946. Tom Lawson

    USS LST-705
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Cauthen Jr., Columb F. USNR4 July 1944 -  
    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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