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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
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 9 May 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 20 June 1944
Commissioned USS LST-708, 17 July 1944, LT. William H. Beckerleg USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-708 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. Laidlaw;
LST Group Seventeen, CAPT. E. Watts USN;
LST Division Thirty-four and participated in the following campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-708 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 28 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 May 1948, to Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
USS LST-708 earned one battle star for World War II service
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 September to 2 October1945
|17 October to 5 November 1945
|1 to 6 December 1945
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-708 underway, in the Pacific. Note the six davits for LCVPs that have been fitted so that she could function as a semi-attack transport.
Text and photo from " U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
||USS LST-708 exchanging movies with USS LST-690 while underway in the Pacific, date unknown.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Beckerleg, William H., USNR||17 July 1944 - 17 November 1945|
|02||LTjg. Miller Grover C., USNR||17 November 1945 - 10 May 1946|
|03||LTjg. Murphy, Arnold A., USNR||10 May 1946 - 28 May 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
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State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 20 March 2015
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