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USS LST-789


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Yankee - Kilo
NGYK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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



USS LST-789 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 June 1944, at the Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 5 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-789, 11 September 1944, LT. H. M. Mulvey, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-789 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-788 LST Flotilla 29, Group 86, Division 171 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-789 was assigned to Occupation service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 11 September 1945
    29 October to 9 November1945

  • Decommissioned, 29 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for commercial operations, 11 December 1947, to the California Co.
  • USS LST-789 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-789 75k USS LST-789 beached, date and location unknown. Russ Padden from the USS Lanier cruise book

    USS LST-789
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Mulvey, Harold M., USCGR11 September 1944 - ?
    02LTjg. Forbush, Lothrop M., USCGRno dates
    03ENS. Seehorn, W. N., USCGRno dates

    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-789
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