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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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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, 19 February 1945, 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-792 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-511 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 25 June 1944, at the Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 2 September 1944
Commissioned USS LST-792, 2 October 1944, LT. Charles M. Garrett USCGR in command
During World War II USS LST-792 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-Nine, CAPT. C. H. Peterson USCG (25)
LST Group Eight-Six, CDR. W. B. Millington USCG (32)
LST Division One Hundred Seventy-Two and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-792 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 29 October 1945
Decommissioned, 29 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 31 October 1946, to the Suwannee Fruit & SS Co., Jacksonville, FL.
USS LST-792 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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||USS LST-792 launching at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA., 2 September 1944
||Capt. Ron Gray
||LCT-1269 beached at Iwo Jima with USS LST-792 in the middle distance beyond her. Naval personal are building a causeway over the wrecks of several landing craft, on the beach. The craft being covered over include a pair of LCVPs and a LVT amphibious tractor. Note the mobile cranes at work in the vicinity.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-303923, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS LST-792 USS LSM-49 and LCT-1269 on the beach at Iwo Jima, circa February-March 1945. Note Mount Suribachi in the background.
US Marine Corps photo.
||USS LST-792 off-loading onto a pontoon causeway, date and location unknown.
||Photo courtesy Albert T. Harris USS LST-71 collection
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Garrett, Charles M. USCGR||2 October 1944 - 29 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-792
Last Updated 10 April 2015
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