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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)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 March 1944, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 29 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-744, 29 May 1944, LT. Frank P. Bannen, USNR, in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-744 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 17 January 1945
    Leyte operation;
    Leyte landings, 16 to 30 October and 9 to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-744 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    5 September to 13 November 194514 November to 19 December 1945
    20 December 1945 to 20 February 194621 February to 2 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1946;
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • USS LST-744 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold to the Port Houston Iron Works, Inc., of Houston, TX., 4 March 1948, for non-self propelled operation
    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-744 128k USS LST-744 homeward bound entering San Francisco Bay, circa early 1946. Note Homeward Bound pennant.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79103
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS LST-744
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bannen, Frank P., USNR29 May 1944 - 16 October 1944
    02LT. Hartmann, Jacob E., USNR16 October 1944 - March 1945
    03LTjg. Brandenburg, C. W. USNMarch 1945 - March 1946
    04LTjg. Higgins, Ralph A., USNRMarch 1946 - May 1946
    05LTjg. Zlotnik, Philip, USNRMay 1946 - 28 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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