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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Sierra - Tango
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 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:
|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 1946||26 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 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
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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
Boats 2 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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||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-756 with LCT-632 on deck.
US National Archives Identifier 205585242, Local Identifier 26-G-4475, US Coast Guard photo # 4475.
||A 6X6 of the 6th Reconnaissance Group coming off USS LST-716, Okinawa, 26 July 1945.
US National Archives photo, courtesy fold3.com.
|Chung Chien (LST-205)
||Ex-USS LST-716 under way, circa 1947, location unknown, while in service as the Republic of China landing ship Chung Chien (LST-205).
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Perry, Richard H. USNR||18 August 1944 - 28 November 1944|
|02||LT. Shea, Patrick Henry, USNR||28 November 1944 - December 1945|
|03||LTjg. McDermott, James J. USNR||December 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
Last Updated 27 August 2021
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