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Lost to enemy action on, 18 and 20 May 1945|
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Bravo - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2) (retroactive, February 1945 Iwo Jima, 18 May 1945, Ie Shima)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 1 August 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 15 September 1944
Commissioned USS LST-808, 29 September 1944, LT. John C. Stevens II USNR in command
During World War II LST-808 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 and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 20 May 1945
Struck by Japanese aerial torpedo off Ie Shima, 10:10 local time, 18 May 1945.
LST-808 was pushed onto a coral reef by nearby LCVPs and at 4:00 pm two days later, 20 May, was struck again
this time by a Japanese Kamikaze. At the time of the attack LST-808 was supplying fresh water and fog oil to theships assigned picket duty around the island. Contributed by Richard M. Moore USS LST-808
Final Disposition, destroyed, 11 November 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LST-808 earned two battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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-724 and
USS LSM-264 beached at the foot of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 24 February 1945. Note that the ships keep their propellers turning over to hold themselves in position. In the water are a DUKW and an LCPR; in the surf and on the beach are LVT's, DUKW's, trucks, bulldozers, and a crawler crane. Trucks at the right are towing 105mm howitzers inland from USS LST-724.
US Navy photos #'s S-193-1
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||From top to bottom USS LST-779,
USS LST-724 and
USS LSM-264 beached at the foot of Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 25 February 1945.
US Navy photo # S-193-A2.
|Robert O. Baumrucker, 1978 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LST-808 grounded and burning at Ie Shima after being torpedoed by a Japanese Kamikaze, 18 May 1945.
||USS LST-808 sinking off Ie Shima circa 20 May 1945.
||Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|01||LT. Stevens II, John Calvin, USNR||29 September 1944 - 20 May 1945|
|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
Last Updated 8 May 2015
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