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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 July 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 7 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-806, 28 September 1944. LT. John E. Montgomery, USNR. in command
  • During World War II USS LST-806 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in following Campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines;
    Palawan Island landings, 28 February to 1 March and 6 to 7 March 1945
    Minesweeping Operations Pacific, 15 November 1945 to 5 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 20 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 November 1947 to Bosey, Philippines
  • USS LST-806 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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-806 110k USS LST-806 beached at Palawan Island, Philippines, date unknown. In the foreground is a wrecked Japanese Aichi E13A Jake Float Plane. Tommy Trampp
    LST-806 55k USS LST-806 beached while loading vehicles, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-806 40k USS LST-806 at anchor, date and location unknown. Hyperwar, US Navy in World War II
    LST-936 50k USS LST-936, an unidentified LST and USS LST-806 beached at Labaun Island Borneo while offloading Royal Australian Air Force trucks, 11 June 1945.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG2917
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-936 75k USS LST-936, an unidentified LST and USS LST-806 beached at Labaun Island Borneo as trucks of the Royal Australian Air Force come ashore, 11 June 1945.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG2918
    Australian War Memorial

    USS LST-806
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Montgomery, John Earl, USNR28 September 1944 - 20 September 1945
    02LTjg. Burns, Albert Henry, USNR20 September 1945 - 5 February 1946
    03LTjg. Duffy, George Joseph, USNR5 February 1946 - 20 May 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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