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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    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:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 8 September 1945 to 27 May 19468 September 1945 to 27 May 1946
  • 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
    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-754 109k 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
    LST-754 1367k 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
    LST-754 93k 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
    LST-754 888k 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

    USS LST-754
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Karmelich, John J., USNR29 July 1944 - January 1946
    02LTjg. Amato, Salvetore, USNRJanuary 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

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