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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, 20 July 1944 at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 29 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-724, 22 September 1944, LTjg. John J. Crim Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-724 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-One, CAPT. W. H. Brereton USN (24);
    LST Group Sixty-Two, CDR. W. M. Gullett USN (27);
    LST Division One Hundred Twenty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 7 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-724 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 29 March 194620 October 1945 to 29 March 1946

  • While assigned to Occupation service USS LST-724 participated in the repatriation of Japanese civilians to the islands of Myoko and Ishigaka, and the moving war materials from Ie Shima to Naha
  • Decommissioned, 26 June 1946, at NavSta Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • USS LST-724 earned two battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold to William E. Skinner, New York, NY, 23 September 1947, fate unknown
    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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    350k From left to right; LCT-1245, USS LST-724, USS LST-944, USS LST-477 and USS LST-795 moored Naval Station Pearl Harbor between 8 December 1944 and 22 January 1945 undergoing training during the build up for Operation Detachment, the Assault and Occupation of Iwo Jima in February 1945.
    TimeLife_Image_115948775, by W. Eugene Smith. For personal non-commercial use only.
    David Upton
    LST-724 66k USS LST-724 underway, date and location unknown. Willard Thomas Dickerson, Gunners Mate USS-724
    LSM-242 121k Aerial view of the Iwo Jima beachhead, circa February 1945. Ships that can be identified include;
    USS LST-715,
    USS LST-790,
    USS LST-724,
    USS LST-224,
    USS LST-784 and
    USS LST-779.
    LSM's include;
    USS LSM-242,
    USS LSM-140,
    USS LSM-47, and
    USS LSM-43.
    LCTs include;
    LCT-892, and
    The one lone LCI that is identifiable is USS LCI(L)-1077.
    USMC photo # 110582
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-264 88k From top to bottom;
    USS LST-808,
    USS LST-788,
    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
    LSM-264 154k From top to bottom;
    USS LST-779,
    USS LST-808,
    USS LST-788,
    USS LST-760,
    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.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    340k USS LST-84 and USS LST-724 unload across the beach at Iwo Jima, D plus 11, 2 March 1945.
    US Navy photo COMBPHIBGTP2 by US Navy photographer Wallace Page
    Dave Way, Historian / Artifact Collections,
    Pacific Battleship Center |
    National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA
    LST-268 126k USS LST-724, USS LST-268 and USS LSM-440 on the beach at Okinawa after the Invasion of Okinawa Gunto campaign has ended, circa second half of 1945.
    Photos by Frederick C. Keller.
    Donn Cuson
    LST-268 158k
    243k Iheya Landing - Landing craft loaded with the Eighth Marine Regimental Combat Team, stand offshore as an aerial bombardment paves the way for a landing on Iheya, a small island 25 miles northwest of the northern tip of Okinawa. The unopposed thrust was effected 3 June 1945. The Marines were transported to Iheya by Navy LSTs including USS LST-747, USS LST-724 and USS LST-930.
    US National Archives ID # 74252365 a US Marine Corps photo now in the collection of the US National Archives
    David Upton
    LST-724 334k USS LST-724 beached at Okinawa after the Invasion of Okinawa Gunto campaign has ended, circa second half of 1945.
    Photo by Frederick C. Keller.
    Donn Cuson
    LST-724 116k USS LST-724 and USS LST-599 beached at Okinawa in December 1945. Donn Cuson
    LST-847/724/1056 77k USS LST-724, USS LST-847 and USS LST-1056 beached at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, circa 1-5 March 1946. Photo from the collection of Joe Grassoni, S2/c, USS LST-847
    LST-724 48k USS LST-724 moored bow doors open at Ie Shima, Okinawa, date unknown. Photo by Donald Kronish, submitted by Jon Strupp
    LST-724 48k USS LST-724 moored pierside, at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point, 24 June 1946 while being prepared for storage as part of the reserve fleet. Photo by Donald Kronish, submitted by Jon Strupp
    LST-724 458k USS LST-724 crew, circa 1946. James Macs

    USS LST-724
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Crim Jr., John J., USNR22 September 1944 - 20 September 1945
    02LT. Rosenberry Jr., Charles M., USNR20 September 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Frazier, Alton E., USNRDecember 1945 - 1946
    04LTjg. Knowlton Jr., Moses, USNR1946 - 26 June 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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