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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) 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)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 14 May 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 11 July 1944
Commissioned USS LST-783, 14 August 1944, LT. Jack F. McAllister, USNR, in command
During World Way II USS LST-783 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (22);
LST Group Thirty-Nine, CDR. B. T. Zelenka USN (24);
LST Division Seventy-Eight and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima 5 to 16 March 1945
Following World War II USS LST-783 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|13 September 1945 to 16 March 1946||13 September 1945 to 16 March 1946
Decommissioned, 22 August 1946
Laid up in Reserve
Struck from the Naval Register, 16 June 1950
USS LST-783 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 June 1950, to Northern Metal Co., Philadelphia, PA.
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-783 beached at Guam, Summer 1945
||Gaylord Humble, crew member S/2c/2c, 20 Apr. 44 to 23 Jan. 46
||From right to left: the port side of
USS LST-783 the remains of
LCT-785 on the beach at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa, after the fire and explosion aboard LCT-560 on 2 January 1946. See below National Archive documents for explanation.
||Scene on a Gushikawa beach, shortly after a large ammunition explosion wrecked LCT-560 and damaged several other ships,
on January 2, 1946. Ships landing on beach are (from left to right):
LCT(6)LCT-785. Offshore is
USS LST-920, which had been beached between the other two LSTs at the time of the explosion.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 76149. Courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Frank L. Howard (Ret.)
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||Finding of Facts pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of
US Navy document from the collections of the US National Archives.
||Causality list pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of
This list also includes casualties from nearby LSTs USS LST-783 and USS LST-926
US Navy letter from Commander NOB Okinawa to CINCPAC, dated 7 January 1946 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||The future world famous circus clown Emmett Kelly Jr. standing on the ramp of USS LST-783 while beached, date and location unknown.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. McAllister, Jack K., USNR||14 August 1944 - November 1945|
|02||LTjg. Simmons Jr., George H., USNR||November 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LT. Walker, Robert G., USNR||March 1946 - 22 August 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
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United States LST Association
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