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USS LST-740


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Echo - Hotel
NGEH
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 (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 February 1944, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 8 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-740, 15 May 1944, LT. John Hampton, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-740 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT. E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Two, CDR. E.H.Pope, USN;
    LST Division Forty-Four and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operation
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 16 to 30 October and 9 to 29 November 1944
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 9 July 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 17 January 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS LST-740 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 23 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 8 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold 14 June 1948 to Oil Transport Co., New Orleans, LA., for non-self-propelled operation. fate unknown
  • USS LST-740 earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    LST-740 149k USS LST-740 beached at Morotai Island, circa September 1944. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 40k USS LST-740 beached at Sansapor, Western New Guinea, circa September 1944. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 43k USS LST-632, USS LST-740 and USS LST-1017 beached at Morotai, Dutch East Indies, 18 September 1944, D+3. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 85k USS LST-740 (possibly) at the far right beached during the Leyte Gulf landings, D+2, 12 October 1944. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 494k General Douglas A. MacArthur goes ashore in Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines near noon of S-Day, January 22, 1945. Nearing the beach, General MacArthur seated and his Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General R.K. Sutherland seek a place to land their Navy LCVP. Waving their greetings from surrounding Navy LSTs soldiers and sailors alike hail their Commander-in-Chief. Note USS LST-740 in the background.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-299234, released 22 January 1945, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Natinal Museum of the US Navy
    LST-740 28k USS LST-740 in the background of this photo of General MacArthur coming ashore in an LCVP at Luzon, Lingayen Gulf, 9 January 1945. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 48k USS LST-740 and USS LST-614 are in the background of this posed photo of General Mac Arthur and staff wading ashore at Luzon, 9 January 1945. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 36k USS LST-740 beached at Lingayen Gulf, 9 January 1945 Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    LST-740 47k USS LST-740 and other LSTs beached at Lingayen Gulf, 9 January 1945 Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 74k USS LST-740 crew members; Halstead, Hall, Fluck, Parks, Rau, Drago, Brummer, McElcar, CicCic on the beach at Morotai, Dutch East Indies, 24 February 1945. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 60k USS LST-740 beached, date and location unknown. Crew members; Derail, Blanchard and Parks. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 126k USS LST-740 beached, date and location unknown. Crew members; Letts and Fluck. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 116k USS LST-740's three Signalmen; Godin, Parks, Derail, date and location unknown. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 42k USS LST-740 crew members QM2/c Fluck and SM1/c Parks one the bridge, date and location unknown. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 71k USS LST-740 crew members QM2/c Fluck and SM1/c Parks with locals at Sansapor, New Guinea, 10 April 1945. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 34k USS LST-740 and USS LST-679 at Mindanao Island, April 1945. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 82k USS LST-740 at anchor off Tacloban, Leyte Island with LCT-732 and several native outrigger canoes alongside, date unknown. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 80k USS LST-740 beached at Saidor, New Guinea, 10 May 1945. while taking on cargo, (Clark E. Parks is at right at bottom of ramp). Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 49k USS LST-740 beached at Saidor, New Guinea, 10 May 1945. while taking on cargo, Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 42k USS LST-740 and USS LST-1016 beached at Balikpapan, Borneo, 14 July 1945. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-740 43k USS LST-740 crew members hold a Japanese flag, date and location unknown. Clark E. Parks is fourth from left. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740

    USS LST-740
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hampton, John, USNR15 May 1944 - June 1945
    02LT. McMahon, Arthur G., USNRJune 1945 - December 1945
    03LT. Wilson, W. C.December 1945 - 8 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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