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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Zulu - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima 19 to 25 February 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 26 July 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 6 September 1944
Commissioned USS LST-726, 30 September 1944, LT. Jerome M. Alper Jr., USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-726 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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 1945
Following World War II USS LST-726 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 November to 25 December 1945
Decommissioned, 25 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 December 1947, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
USS LST-726 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-726 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||James A. Wilson, for his father, Huey A. Wilson SF3/c, USS LST-726, August 1944 to December 1945
||YG-33 taking on rubbish from USS LST-726 and
USS LST-817 at Apra Harbor, Guam, 1945.
US National Archives photo 80-G-353157 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Alper Jr., Jerome M., USNR||30 September 1944 - 21 July 1945|
|01||LTjg. Tisza, Thomas Ernest, USNR||21 July 1945 - 25 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 Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 15 February 2019
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