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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 (Iwo Jima) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-764 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 July 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 21 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-764, 13 September 1944 LT. Rae F. Nichols, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-764 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 campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-764 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 17 October 1945 
    5 November to 16 December 19455 November to 16 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 December 1947, to Southern Shipwrecking Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • USS LST-764 earned one battle star 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-764 154k USS LST-764 commissioning day crew photo, 13 September 1944 at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA. Sandra Kanak for her father William O. Arnold, Pharmacist Mate USS LST-764
    LST-764 411k USS LST-764 at anchor probably while enroute to the Iwo Jima, circa early February 1945. Note the section of a double string causeway attached to the ship's port side. Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
    LST 785 63k LSTs and other shipping in the transport area off Iwo Jima on the initial day of landings, 19 February 1945. The four closest LSTs are (left to right): USS LST-785, USS LST-782 (carrying LCT-1030), USS LST-764 and USS LST-795. Photographed from USS Hansford (APA-106).
    US Navy photo # 80-G-303902 from the collections of the US Naval History an Heritage Command
    Tom Hughes for his father David C. Hughes USS LST-795
    LST-764 264k USS LST-764 beached at Iwo Jima the section of a double string causeway attached to the ship's starboard side. Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
    LST-764 111k USS LST-764 unloading on an Iwo Jima beach, circa late February 1945. Note the two wrecked LVTs in the left and right foreground. That at left, marked "C-11", carries the nickname "Fuzzy". That at right is nicknamed "War Hawk". The broken remains of a landing craft are in the center foreground.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104199
    André Pilon
    LST-764 84k USS LST-764 beached at Iwo Jima, date unknown. Sandra Kanak for her father William O. Arnold, Pharmacist Mate USS LST-764

    USS LST-764
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Nichols, Rae F. USCGR13 September 1944 - 17 January 1946
    02LT. Raby, Joe B. USCG17 January 1946 - 30 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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-764

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