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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS LST-763 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 29 June 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
Launched, 16 August 1944
Commissioned USS LST-763, 8 September 1944, LT. Alton W. Meekins, USCG, in command
During World War II USS LST-763 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-Nine, CAPT. C. H. Peterson USCG (25);
LST Group Eighty-Five, CDR. W. B. Millington USCG;
LST Division One Hundred Seventy and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 3 March 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 April to 10 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-763 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for from 10 September to 13 November 1945
Decommissioned, 29 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
USS LST-763 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 December 1947, to Southern Shipwrecking Co., New Orleans, LA.
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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||USS LST-763 beached at Iwo Jima, date unknown. Note Mount Suribachi in the background and the wrecked Marine ampibs on the
Photo by Erwin "Erv" Windward.
|Rolfe Windward for his father LT Erwin "Erv" Windward USNR, CO USS LST-643
||USS LST-763 under way in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa 1945-46, with
LCT-660 loaded on her main deck.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 79106. Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Meekins, Alton W., USCG||8 September 1944 - 1945|
|02||LT. Ewers, Franklin J., USCG||1945 - 29 April 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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