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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-782 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 June 1944 at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 22 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-782, 22 August 1944, LT. Henry C. Stack, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-782 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Five, CAPT. H.E. Richter USN (24);
    LST Group Seventy-Five, CDR. G. W. Stringer USN (28);
    LST Division One Hundred Fifty 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 25 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-782 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 September to 15 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 14 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LST-782 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 September 1947, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD.
    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 782 162k USS LST-782 wardroom which has been quickly set up as an operating room while enroute to Iwo Jima in February 1945. Dr. V. G. Guenther, USPHS, (second from left) assisted by LTjg. A.S. Zdanis, (right) and USCG Pharmacists Mate Earl L. Wilcox performs an emergency appendectomy on Ensign Abraham Krutman.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 95064. Courtesy of the Naval Institute photo collection
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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-782 95k USS LST-782 at anchor, date and location unknown..
    US Coast Guard photo # 886, from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-782 105k USS LST-782 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 73244
    Mike Green
    LST-782 249k LST-782 crew list. Denver Corrick
    LST-782 162k LST-782 travel log. Denver Corrick

    USS LST-782
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Stack, Henry C. USCGR8 August 1944 - 14 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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-782
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