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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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal
- Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

USS LST-734 was transferred to Argentina and named ARA Cabo San Vincente (BDT-14)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 January 1944, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 4 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-734, 22 April 1944, LT. William L. Singer USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-734 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Fourteen;
    LST Group Forty (circa 1944) and participated in the following campaigns;
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, Peleliu, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 6 November and 19 to 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 18 June 1945

  • Following service in the Southwest Pacific Area USS LST-734 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Sixteen, CAPT. N.W. Sears;
    LST Group Forty-Six, LCDR. J. R. Keeling;
    LST Division Ninety-One (May 1945)
  • USS LST-734 transported LCT(6)-774 to Western Caroline Islands for the attack on the Palau Islands
  • Following World War II USS LST-734 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 to 26 September 1945
    20 to 29 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 7 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LST-734 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 24 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA., named Mc Williams
  • Foreign Naval Service
    Resold in 1948 to the government of Argentina Ministry of Transport, designated 276-B
    Transferred in 1948 to the Argentine Navy as BDT-14, disarmed at Rio Santiago Naval Base
    Added to the Naval Transport Command in 1953
    Named ARA Cabo San Vincente (BDT-14), 24 February 1959
    Removed from Naval Transport Command Service in 1966
    Listed for disposal in 1969
    Sold in 1971 to May Zetone & Co.
  • 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-734
    LST-734 15k USS LST-734 beached on Blue Beach, Banika, Russell Islands, August 1944. Rebecca Leidner (daughter of Roberta Wells Leidner) for F.W. "Bert" Rowe Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class USS LST-734
    LST-734 220k USS LST-734 beached, date and location unknown. Keith Brooker
    ARA Cabo San Vincente (BDT-14)
    LST-734 22k ARA Cabo San Vincente (BDT-14) (ex-USS LST-734) beached at Puerta Modryn, Argentina, date unknown. Robert Hurst
    LST-734 12k
    LST-734 196k ARA Cabo San Vincente (BDT-14) dry docked, date and location date unknown. Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Singer, William L., USNR22 April 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Kroeger, John R., USNRNovember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Chapman Jr., Judson W., USNRMarch 1946 - 7 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    For more photos and information about USS LST-734 see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
  • Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
  • Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

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