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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
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
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
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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||USS LST-741 under way, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port web site
||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
||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
||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
||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
||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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Greer, John Mitchell, USNR||19 May 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. McGrath, William Patrick, USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Meyer, Loren LeRoy, USNR||March 1946 - June 1946|
|04||LTjg. McDade, James Dennis USNR||June 1946 - 8 August 1946|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 27 March 2015
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