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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) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 29 July 1944 at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 11 September 1944
Commissioned USS LST-807, 3 October 1944, LT. John D. Holder, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-807 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 Div One Hundred Forty-Five and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 20 to 26 February 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 May to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-807 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|20 October 1945 to 28 May 1946||20 October 1945 to 28 May 1946
Decommissioned, 27 May 1946
Transferred to the State Department for disposition
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-807 earned two battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||USS LST-807 underway heading down river on the Mississippi after leaving her builders yard at Evansville, IN. heading for the Gulf of Mexico, circa September-October 1944.
Photo by Jack and Don Followell.
||Marines unload supplies from USS LSM-201 and USS LST-807, and other amphibious warships beached at Iwo Jima on D-Day, 15 February 1945.
US National Archives
photo # NWDNS-26-G-4098.
| USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LST-807 on the beach at Iwo Jima, 23 February 1945. Photo was taken from USS LST-399 and shows the carnage on station Red Beach which was under mortar attach by the Japanese defenders.
||Photo by William E. Jayne USS LST-399
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Holder, John D., USNR||3 October 1944 - 17 January 1945|
|02||LT. Straight, George D., USN ||17 January 1945 - 3 February 1946|
|03||LTjg. Letzler, Alton H., USNR ||3 February 1946 - 27 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
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