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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - 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

USS LST-716 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Chung Chien (LST-205)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 June 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 24 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-716, 18 August 1944, LT. Richard H. Perry USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-716 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-One, CAPT. W. H. Brereton USN (24);
    LST Group Sixty-One, CAPT. R.M. MacKinnon USN (25);
    LST Division One Hundred Twenty-Two and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-716 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    20 September to 2 October 1945 
    18 October to 5 November 1945 
    26 December 1945 to 12 June 194626 December 1945 to 12 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 12 June 1946
  • Transferred, 7 February 1948, to the Republic of China under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, named ROCS Chung Chien (LST-205)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
  • USS LST-716 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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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    USS LST-716
    3890k As seen from USS LST-789, the bombardment of Mt. Suribachi, during the invasion of Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. From left to right;
    USS LST-716 with LCT-1354 on deck,
    USS LST-723,
    USS LST-642,
    unknown LST,
    USS LST-756 with LCT-632 on deck.
    US National Archives Identifier 205585242, Local Identifier 26-G-4475, US Coast Guard photo # 4475.
    David Upton
    52k Shipping off Iwo Jima, 20 February 1945, as seen from USS Hamlin (AV-15). USS LST-716 is in center, and LCI(6)-994 is at right. A PBM Mariner is in the near distance.
    U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Photo # 80-G-0311363, a U.S. Navy photo from the collections of the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-716 212k A 6X6 of the 6th Reconnaissance Group coming off USS LST-716, Okinawa, 26 July 1945.
    US National Archives photo, courtesy
    George Lane
    ROCS Chung Chien (LST-205)
    LST-716 27k Ex-USS LST-716 under way, circa 1947, location unknown, while in service as the Republic of China landing ship ROCS Chung Chien (LST-205). Robert Hurst
    221k ROCS Chung Chien (LST-205) takes on Chinese Nationalist refugees fleeing the revolutionary war in China, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1960.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret. and
    Chin Yu Chu
    118k ROCS Chung Chien (LST-205) at Xinbin Barracks, 17 May 2013.
    Courtesy of Solomon203. licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
    Robert Hurst
    134k ROCS Chung Chien (LST-205) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of The Republic of China Navy
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-716
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Perry, Richard H. USNR18 August 1944 - 28 November 1944
    02LT. Shea, Patrick Henry, USNR28 November 1944 - December 1945
    03LTjg. McDermott, James J. USNRDecember 1945 - 12 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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