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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-788 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 9 July 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 19 August 1944
Commissioned USS LST-788, 18 September 1944, LT. Walter R. Benson, USCGR, in command
During World War II USS LST-788 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-Nine, CAPT. C. H. Peterson USCG (25);
LST Group Eighty-Six, CDR. S. R. Sands USCG;
LST Division One Hundred Seventy-One and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 20 to 28 February 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 15 April 1945
Following World War II USS LST-788 was assigned to Occupation service for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 to 26 September 1945
|18 to 29 October 1945
Decommissioned, 16 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June, 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 26 September 1947, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD., for scrapping
USS LST-788 earned two battle stars for World War II service
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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||Launching of LST-788 at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA., 19 August 1944.
||Nathan Lott in memory of his Grandfather Foster Lott USS LST-788
||USS LST-788 beached at Iwo Jima, February 1945.
||From top to bottom:
USS LST-724 and
USS LSM-264 beached at the foot of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 24 February 1945. Note that the ships keep their propellers turning over to hold themselves in position. In the water are a DUKW and an LCPR; in the surf and on the beach are LVT's, DUKW's, trucks, bulldozers, and a crawler crane. Trucks at the right are towing 105mm howitzers inland from USS LST-724.
US Navy photos #'s S-193-1
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||From top to bottom:
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.
|Robert O. Baumrucker, 1978 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Benson, Walter R., USCGR||18 September 1944 - 9 November 1945|
|02||LT. Kearns, Bernard J., USCGR||9 November 1945 - 30 January 1946|
|03||LT. Kendis, Bradley A., USCGR||30 January 1946 - 8 March 1946|
|04||LTjg. Erickson, Russel D., USCGR||8 March 1946 - 16 April 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-788
Last Updated 23 October 2015
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