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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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 28 May 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 3 July 1944
Commissioned USS LST-711, 28 July 1944, LT. Francis C. Huntley, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-711 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Western New Guinea operation
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Mindoro Island Landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
Following World War II USS LST-711 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 11 August 1946, and transferred to the U.S. Army
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
USS LST-711 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|23 September to 25 October 1945
|17 November 1945 to 15 April 1946
|5 to 17 July 1946
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-711, USS LST-1025, USS LST-574
and an unidentified LST beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 29 May 1945, waiting to load Royal Australian Air Force vehicles for the
invasion of Lubuan, British North Borneo.
Australian War Memorial photo # OG2807.
|Australian War Memorial
||USS LST-711 and USS LST-590 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East
Indies, 29 May 1945, waiting to load Royal Australian Air Force vehicles for the invasion of Lubuan, British North Borneo.
Australian War Memorial photo # OG2803.
||USS LST-711 beached at Tarakan, Borneo, circa May 1945
||LST Home Port web site
||USS LST-711 beached at Okinawa, circa 6 to 16 July 1946.
Personal log of crewman Aurelio Soto indicates USS LST 711 arrived at Iwo Jima, 0700 6 July 1946 and was docked there until 1800 12 July 1946. The ship was headed for Saipan that day, but received a radio message to return and arrived back in Iwo Jima at 2145 and stayed docked there until 16 July 1946. (Thanks to Richard Soto)
|Sue Ellen Williams in honor of her father, Alfred G. Williams (1927-2007) S1/c USS LST-711
||USS LST-711 personnel inspection, date and location unknown. Note the tanks on the main deck.
||Sue Ellen Williams in honor of her father, Alfred G. Williams (1927-2007) S1/c USS LST-711
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Huntley, Francis C., USNR ||28 July 1944 - March 1946|
|02||LTjg. Peterson, Stanley E., USNR ||March 1946 - July 1946|
|03||LTjg. Remington, Lawrence J., USNR ||July 1946 - 11 August 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
Last Updated 22 September 2017
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