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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-760 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 June 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 3 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-760, 28 August 1944, LT. Raphael T. A. McKenzie, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-760 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Nine, CAPT. C. H. Peterson USCG (25);
    LST Group Eighty-Five, CDR. Millington, W. B. USCG (32);
    LST Division One Hundred Sixty-Nine and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 10 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-760 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    9 to 25 September 1945
    12 October to 1 November 1945
    18 November to 8 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS LST-760 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
    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

    US Coast Guard photo # 215-6
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LST-760 16k USS LST-760 beached on a LST ramp, date and location unknown. Paul Burket USS LSM-341
    81k USS LST-760 off the beachhead at Iwo Jima, February 1945. Courtesy
    LSM-264 88k From top to bottom USS LST-808, USS LST-788, USS LST-760, USS LST-724 and LSM-264 beached at the foot of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 24 February 1945. Note that the ships keep their propellers turning over to hold themselves in position. In the water is a DUKW and an LCPR; in the surf and on the beach are LVT's, DUKW's, trucks, bulldozers, and a crawler crane. Trucks at the right are towing 105mm howitzers inland from USS LST-724.
    US Navy photos #'s S-193-1
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-264 154k From top to bottom USS LST-779, USS LST-808, USS LST-788, USS LST-760, USS LST-724 and LSM-264 beached at the foot of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 25 February 1945.
    US Navy photo # S-193-A2.
    Robert O. Baumrucker, 1978 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    229k USS LST-760 beachhed at Iwo Jima during the Assault and occupation campaign in February - March 1945.
    US National Archives Identifier # 74241742
    David Upton
    296k USS LST-760 beachhead at Iwo Jima during the Assault and occupation campaign in February - March 1945. A bulldozer is being used to lay out folded steel matting on the beach.
    US National Archives Identifier # 32607107 (WWII CmdFile_71_11_Page_078)
    David Upton
    134k USS LST-760 off the beachead at Okinawa with a pontoon causeway strapped to her port side., circa April 1945.
    Original Coast Guard caption reads "Jap plane scores direct hit on Marine ammunition dump."
    Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D

    USS LST-760
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McKenzie, R. T. A., USCGR28 August 1944 - 5 November 1945
    02LT. Parks, Littleton, W., USCGR5 November 1945 - 11 March 1946
    03LTjg. Hough, Fred R., USN11 March 1946 - 27 March 1946
    04LT. Jackson, Martin L., USN27 March 1946 - 24 May1946
    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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