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USS LST-779


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Uniform - Yankee
NGUY
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima, February 1945) - China Service Medal (retroactive) American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 May 1944, at Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 1 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-779, 3 August 1944, LTjg. Joseph A. Hopkins, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-779 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. J. Laidlaw USN (24)
    LST Group Eighteen, CDR. P. Neikum Jr., USN (Ret) (26)
    LST Div Thirty-Six 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 28 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 to 21 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS 779 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    20 September to October 1945 
    22 October to 30 November 1945 
    1 January to 8 April 19461 January to 8 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 18 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
  • USS LST-779 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-779 129k USS LST-779 and USS LST-1032 beached at Iwo Jima. circa 19 to 28 February 1945. Original caption reads "Smashed by Jap mortar and shellfire, trapped by Iwo's treacherous black-ash sands, amtracs and other vehicles of war lay knocked out on the black sands of the volcanic fortress.".
    US National Archives. Photo # 26-G-4474, a US Coast Guard photo by Robert M. Warren PhoM3c now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst and Robert Morrissey
    LSM-242 121k Aerial view of the Iwo Jima beachhead, circa February 1945. Ships that can be identified include;
    USS LST-715,
    USS LST-790,
    USS LST-724,
    USS LST-224,
    USS LST-784 and
    USS LST-779.
    LSM's include;
    USS LSM-242,
    USS LSM-140,
    USS LSM-47, and
    USS LSM-43.
    LCTs include;
    LCT-892, and
    LCT-1029.
    The one lone LCI that is identifiable is USS LCI(L)-1077.
    USMC photo # 110582
    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 USS LSM-264 beached at the foot of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 25 February 1945.
    US Navy photo # S-193-A2.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    USS LST-779
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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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