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USS LST-745


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Echo - Romeo
NGER
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 (3) - 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, 19 March 1944, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 29 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-745, 31 May 1944, LT. George F. Champagne USN in command
  • During World War II, LST-745 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation;
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation;
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 May to 30 June 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
     

  • Following service in the Southwest Pacific Area USS LST-745 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. Seay (24) USN;
    LST Group Forty-One, CDR. E. C. Parsons USNR;
    LST Division Eighty-One
  • Following World War II USS LST-745 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    25 September to 13 October 1945
    20 December 1945 to 20 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 9 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 September 1947, to Boston Metals, Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • USS LST-745 earned three 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-745 48k USS LST-745 moored to a floating causeway someplace in the Philippines, date unknown. Dick Naras USS LST 745
    LST-745 31k USS "LST-745" at anchor, date and place unknown.
    (Note: This a of an LST that had the number doctored. When we returned to the States we had a map made showing the travels of LST 745. At that time we did not have a spare copy of LST 745 photo so the supplier had another LST photo and was able to doctor the number. Dick Naras USS LST 745
    Jim Tansey - LST 745 web site

    USS LST-745
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Champagne, George Fabian, USN31 May 1944 - September 1944
    02LT. Evans, Curtis, Byron, USNRSeptember 1944 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Grace, Robert Morgan, USNRDecember 1945 - 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
    USS LST-745
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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