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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 (3) - 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, 13 May 1944. at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
Launched, 6 July 1944
Commissioned USS LST-754, 29 July 1944, LTjg. John J. Karmelich USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-754 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 8 to 18 January 1945
|Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
|Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945
Following World War II USS LST-754 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 20 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 May 1948 to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
USS LST-754 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 8 September 1945 to 27 May 1946||8 September 1945 to 27 May 1946
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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||LST-754 launching, 6 July 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-407455 a US Navy photo Now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS LST-754 commissioning crew at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA., circa 29 July 1944. Front row officers, not in order:
LTjg. John J. Karmelich commanding
LTjg. Marvin S. Roberts executive
LTjg. Robert N. Bell 1st Lt.
ENS. Joseph Hynes engineer officer
ENS. Salvatore Amato communications officer
ENS. Leonard H. Ladd gunnery officer
ENS. Lawrence E. Lister stores officer
|Karl Kiser for his uncle ENS. Lawrence E. Lister USS LST-754
||USS LST-754 at anchor, circa 1945, location unknown
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84870 Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS LST-754 moored in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 8 January 1946.
||Karl Kiser for his uncle ENS. Lawrence E. Lister USS LST-754
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Karmelich, John J., USNR||29 July 1944 - January 1946|
|02||LTjg. Amato, Salvetore, USNR||January 1946 - 20 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
Last Updated 16 December 2016
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