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USS LST-804


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Alpha - Romeo
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 10 September 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 27 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-804, 22 November 1944, LT. R. Bull USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-804 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Three, CAPT. W. W. Weeden Jr. USN;
    LST Group Sixty- Eight, CDR. G. H. Dama USN (20);
    LST Div One Hundred Thirty-Five and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-804 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to December 194530 January to 17 February 1946
    26 February to 24 May 194626 February to 24 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946 and transferred to the State Department for ultimate disposition
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Transferred to the Republic of China by the State Department, date unknown
  • Last reported in 1978 to be in commercial service as Chung 101 operating under the flag of the Peoples Republic of China
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-804 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-804 40k USS LST-804 at anchor in the stream of the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 7 February 1946. Gary A. Olsen in honor of his father Arnold Olsen USS LST-804 1944-46.

    LST-804
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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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