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USS LST-777


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Uniform - Lima
NGUL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 May 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 24 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-777, 25 July 1944, LT. William F. Lagotic USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-777 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Manila Bay - Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, landings, 29 to 31 January 1945
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Visayan Islands landings in April 1945

  • Following World War II USS 777 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    5 September to 14 October 1945
    1 to 9 November 1945
    15 December 1945 to 15 February 1946
    20 March to 18 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 19 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
  • USS LST-777 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-777 158k USS LST-77 under way, 14 August 1944, in the Gulf of Mexico. Note the lateral beams on the main deck that LCTs sat on when being transported by LSTs. Photo by a blimp from Lighter-Than-Air Squadron (ZP-22) assigned to NAS Houma, LA.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-271338, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives II, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    LST-777 114k USS LST-777 beached, date and location unknown. Diana Chester Dallosta for her father and photographer LT. Spencer T. Chester MC USNR, Surgical Team #15, 7th Amphibious Force
    LST-777 255k USS LST-777 beached while unloading vehicles, date and location unknown. Diana Chester Dallosta for her father and photographer LT. Spencer T. Chester MC USNR, Surgical Team #15, 7th Amphibious Force
    LST-777 466k
    LST-777 123k USS LST-777 unloading wounded troops to a waiting transport at Balikpapan, Borneo in July 1945. Diana Chester Dallosta for her father and photographer LT. Spencer T. Chester MC USNR, Surgical Team #15, 7th Amphibious Force
    LST-777 34k USS LST-777 beached at Bougainville, New Guinea, August 1945. Diana Chester Dallosta for her father and photographer LT. Spencer T. Chester MC USNR, Surgical Team #15, 7th Amphibious Force
    LST-777 291k USS LST-777 with a deck load of vehicles, date and location unknown. Diana Chester Dallosta for her father and photographer LT. Spencer T. Chester MC USNR, Surgical Team #15, 7th Amphibious Force
    LST-777 50k USS LST-777 crew at quarters during personnel inspection while enroute to Manila from Japan in October 1945. Diana Chester Dallosta for her father and photographer LT. Spencer T. Chester MC USNR, Surgical Team #15, 7th Amphibious Force
    LST-777 36k
    LST-777 223k USS LST-777 passing under the Golden Gate Bridge as she enters San Francisco Bay on her return from duty in the Far East, circa 1945. Scott Browne for his father ENS. Mervin F. Browne, USNR USS LST-777
    LST-777 155k USS LST-777 at anchor probably in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84871 courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976
    NH&HC

    USS LST-777
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lagotic, William F., USN25 July 1944 - 23 January 1946
    02LTjg. Rome, Richard M., USNR23 January 1946 - 19 July 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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