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USS LST(H)-790
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USS LST-790 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Yankee - Romeo
NGYR
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-790 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, 19 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-790, 22 September 1944, LT Paul O. Ritter, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-790 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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, 1 to 10 April 1945

  • Redesignated Landings Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-790, 15 September 1945
  • Following World War II USS LST(H)-790 was assigned to Occupation service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to September to 1 November 1945
    20 November1945 to 14 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 27 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
  • USS LST-790 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    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)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    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
    LST-791 31k USS LST-790 at Iwo Jima, circa 19 February to 16 March 1945. LBS Products
    LSM-260 66k USS LSM-260 and USS LST-790 beached at Iwo Jima, circa 19 February to 16 March 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    USS LST-790
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ritter, Paul O., USCGR22 September 1944 - 27 October 1945
    01LTjg. Hamer, W. M., USCG27 October 1945 - 27 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-790
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