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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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 16 April 1944 at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 27 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-751, 26 June 1944, LTjg. Robert E. Garris, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-751 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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Leyte landings, 5 to 18 November 1944
Brunei Bay operation, June 1945
Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
Following World War II USS LST-751 performed occupation duty in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|23 September to 25 October1945
|18 November 1945 to 25 July 1946
Decommissioned, 21 August 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, for disposal, 13 November 1947, fate unknown.
USS LST-751 earned three battle stars for World War II service
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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SWPA photo # SIGC-44-20007
||USS LST-751 and USS LST-700 beached at "White Beach," Tacloban, Leyte, P.I., 22 October 1944. USS LST-700 is unloading trucks of the First Signal Corps laboratory. This unit served the immediate photographic requirements of General Mac Arthur, his staff and tactical commanders. In addition USS LST-700 also carried personnel of General Headquarters advanced echelon which set a precedent by landing only two days after the first American forces invading the island.
SWPA photo # SIGC-44-20007 a US Army Signal Corps and SC 268009 by PFC Ovid De Flores, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-751 and USS LST-700 beached at "White Beach," Tacloban, Leyte, P.I., 22 October 1944. USS LST-700 is unloading trucks of the First Signal Corps laboratory and personnel of General Headquarters advanced echelon.
SWPA photo # SIGC-44-20005 a US Army Signal Corps photo by PFC Ovid De Flores, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-751 beached alongside USS LST-696, date and location unknown.
Photo by George Calvert, S1/c LST-696, courtesy of R P Calvert.
||USS LST-751 and USS LST-623 in dry dock, date and location unknown.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Garris, Robert E., USNR||26 June 1944 - December 1944|
|01||LTjg. Martin Jr., Edmund B., USNR||December 1945 - 21 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
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