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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-732 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROC Chung Shun (LST-208)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 January 1944, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 19 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-732, 10 April 1944, LT. Thomas H. White USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-732 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
    LST Group One Hundred Eleven LCDR. A. H. Tutt;
    LST Division Two Hundred Twenty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LST-732 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    28 September to 1 November 1945 
    20 November 1945 to 7 June 194620 November 1945 to 7 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 7 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Transferred, to the Republic of China under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, named ROC Chung Shun (LST-208)
  • 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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    ROC Chung Shun (LST-208)
    LST-732 56k ex-USS LST-732 in Republic of China Naval service as , ROC Chung Shun (LST-208) at Chung Chu Port, Mazu, Taiwan, May 2000. Larry Lin ROC Chung Shun (LST-208)
    LST-732 26k ROC Chung Shun (LST-208) underway at Kinman, Taiwan, date unknown. Larry Lin ROC Chung Shun (LST-208)
    LST-732 44k ROC Chung Shun (LST-208) at anchor off Pingtung, Taiwan, date unknown. Larry Lin ROC Chung Shun (LST-208)
    LST-732 41k ROC Chung Shun (LST-208) at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, during her annual overhaul, March 2004. Larry Lin ROC Chung Shun (LST-208)
    LST-732 46k ROC Chung Shun (LST-208) at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, during her annual overhaul, March 2004. Larry Lin ROC Chung Shun (LST-208)
    LST-732 39k ROC Chung Shun (LST-208) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo Hajime Fukaya, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-732
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. White, Thomas H. USNR10 April 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Simmons, Frank Bennet, USNRNovember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Fortunato, Michael M., USNRMarch 1946 7 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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