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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)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 March 1944, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 15 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-741, 19 May 1944, LT. John M. Greer USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-741 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:
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operation
    Morotai landings, Halmahera Island, 13 September 1944
    Luzon operation;
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Leyte operations
    Leyte landings, Tacloban, San Pedro Bay, 22 to 26 October 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landing, April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 9 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • USS LST-741 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 12 May 1948, to the Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA, and subsequently scrapped
    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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    LST-741 10k USS LST-741 under way, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-741 43k USS LST-741 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, circa September 1944 while US and Australian troops unload the ship.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OC1630
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-741 62k USS LST-741 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 18 September 1944 while Royal Australian Air Force troops from No. 14 Airfield Construction Squadron disembark.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OC1641
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-741 53k USS LST-741 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, circa September 1944 while Royal Australian Air Force troops from No. 14 Airfield Construction Squadron unload their equipment.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OC1903
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-741 132k USS LST-741 beached at Morotai, 5 October 1944, while RAAF engineers run for cover as an air raid warning sounds.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo NH 84868 and Australian War Memorial Photo # 017685
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-666 83k USS LST-666 and USS LST-741 beached on D+3, 18 September 1944, while unloading at Halmahera Island during the Morotai landings, Western New Guinea operation. Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666

    USS LST-741
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Greer, John Mitchell, USNR19 May 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. McGrath, William Patrick, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Meyer, Loren LeRoy, USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    04LTjg. McDade, James Dennis USNRJune 1946 - 8 August 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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