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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)

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart - (LTjg. Graff, Donald A. WIA 15 February 1945, Iwo Jima)

USS LST-795 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 30 July 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 9 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-795, 9 October 1944, Lt. Melvin H. Jackson, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-795 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 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 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-795 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 19 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • USS LST-795 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for commercial service, 31 October 1946, to the Suwannee Fruit and Steamship Co., Jacksonville, FL., fate unknown
    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 795 402k USS LST-795 at anchor near Okinawa, circa 1945. Tim Hughes for his father David C. Hughes USS LST-795
    LST 785 63k LSTs and other shipping in the transport area off Iwo Jima on the initial day of landings, 19 February 1945. The four closest LSTs are (left to right): USS LST-785, USS LST-782 (carrying LCT-1030), USS LST-764 and USS LST-795. Photographed from USS Hansford (APA-106).
    US Navy photo # 80-G-303902 from the collections of the US Naval History an Heritage Command
    Tim Hughes for his father David C. Hughes USS LST-795

    USS LST-795
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jackson, Melvin H. USCGR9 October 1944 - 1 September 1945
    02LT. Shevlin, Thomas H. USCGR1 September 1945 - 3 December 1945
    03LT. Walter, Stanley B. USCG3 December 1945 - 4 February 1946
    04LTjg. Hadley, James A., USCG4 February 1946 - 24 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-795
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