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USS LST-798


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Zulu - Tango
NGZT
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 August 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 26 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-798, 26 October 1944, LT. Ronald E. Hurt in command
  • During World War II USS LST-798 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Five, CAPT. H. E. Richter USN (24);
    LST Group Seventy-Three CDR. L D. York USNR;
    LST Division One Hundred Forty-Five
  • Following World War II USS LST-798 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    6 to 23 September 1945
    10 to 21 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 16 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 September 1947, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Morris Heights, N.Y.
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    LST-798 275k USS LST-798 at anchor looking forward from the bridge area toward the bow., date and location unknown. Ronald B. Wessel for his grandfather Fred Wessel USS LST-798
    LST-798 326k USS LST-798 beached with bow doors open, date and location unknown. Ronald B. Wessel for his grandfather Fred Wessel USS LST-798
    LST-798 258k USS LST-798 beached with bow doors open, disembarking troops into a landing craft, date and location unknown. Ronald B. Wessel for his grandfather Fred Wessel USS LST-798
    LST-798 322k Fred Wessel (left in white t-shirt) with shipmates aboard USS LST-798, date and location unknown. Ronald B. Wessel for his grandfather Fred Wessel USS LST-798

    USS LST-798
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hunt, Ronald E.26 October 1944 - October 1945
    02LT. Emmons, Clarence S.October 1945 - December 1945
    03LT. Kerchen, R. J.December 1945 - 16 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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
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