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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 5 to 18 November 1944
    Borneo operation
    Brunei Bay operation, June 1945
    Luzon operation
    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
    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 700
    SWPA photo # SIGC-44-20007
    1265k 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.
    Dave Kerr
    LST 700
    SC 268009
    LST 751 1411k 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.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-696 317k 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.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-623 38k USS LST-751 and USS LST-623 in dry dock, date and location unknown. LST Home Port Web Site

    USS LST-751
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Garris, Robert E., USNR26 June 1944 - December 1944
    01LTjg. Martin Jr., Edmund B., USNRDecember 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
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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