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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    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
  • USS LST-792 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 31 October 1946, to the Suwannee Fruit & SS Co., Jacksonville, FL.
    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'
    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
    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
    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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    LST-792 32k USS LST-792 launching at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA., 2 September 1944 Capt. Ron Gray
    LST-792/LCT-1269 73k 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
    LST-792 102k 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.
    Robert Morrissey
    LST-792 156k USS LST-792, wearing an unidentified camouflage pattern and USS LST-923 with various other amphibious craft at Okinawa, 31 May 1945. Photo was taken from USS Oak Hill (LSD-7).
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-274439, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, (
    Mike Green
    LST-792 76k USS LST-792 off-loading onto a pontoon causeway, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy Albert T. Harris USS LST-71 collection

    USS LST-792
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Garrett, Charles M. USCGR2 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

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