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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

USS LST-755 was transferred to Taiwan and named ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 May 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 11 July 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission, 26 July 1944, LT. Hyman Harris, USN in command
  • Commissioned in full USS LST-755 upon arrival at her fitting out yard at New Orleans, 3 August 1944. LT. Hyman Harris, USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-755 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 13 to 18 January 1945
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-755 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 8 September 1945 to 29 May 19468 September 1945 to 29 May 1946
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Republic of China. named ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201)
    In August 1958 ROCS Chung Hai was involved in a battle in the Taiwan Straits. Kin-Men, a small island under Taiwan's control near Mainland China, was being threatened by the Peoples Republic of China (Mainland China). During the battle Chung Hai was credited with the sinking of at least one PRC torpedo Boat on 24 August. During a voyage from Taiwan to Kin-Men Chung Hai, with 800 army troops aboard, was struck by an enemy torpedo causing heavy damage, including 30 casualties among the army personnel and 8 dead and 12 wounded crew members. Chung Hai was towed to the US Naval Base Subic Bay in the Philippines for repair which included building her a new bow. Total cost of repairs was US$500,000. The Republic of China Navy converted their surviving LSTs with new German engines and enlarged bridge in the Plan "Chung-Hsin" (which means "New Chungs"). Chung Hai steamed 75,126hrs and 556,728nms during her service in the Republic of China Navy. She was retired by the Taiwanese Navy, 1 February 2010.

  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
  • USS LST-755 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Current Disposition, the Republic of China Navy plans are to keep ROCS Chung Hai as a memorial ship or for testing missile targeting systems
    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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    USS LST-755
    LST-755 205k USS LST 755, (foreground), USS LST-757 (middle distance) and either USS LST-636 or USS LST-722 (far background) comprising TU 78.2.56 on a resupply mission to Mindanao 5-9 May 1945. Their task was to transport troops and equipment of X Corps to the Santa Cruz-Taloma Bay Area, Davao Bay to support the 24th Infantry Division in their Operations there. Of note, LST-755 served as flagship for LST Group Sixty-Four through out her World War II service. Brian Miller
    LST-755 147k USS LST 755 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photos of Y3c Donald Gene Connelley (deceased) USS LST-755
    Gail Watson
    LST-755 119k USS LST 755 beached, date and location unknown.
    Photos of Y3c Donald Gene Connelley (deceased) USS LST-755
    Gail Watson
    LST-755 157k
    LST-755 159k USS LST 755 at anchor in either Tsingtao or Shanghai China while assigned to China service from 8 September 1945 to 29 May 1946.
    Photos of Y3c Donald Gene Connelley (deceased) USS LST-755
    Gail Watson
    LST-755 304k
    LST-755 146k
    ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201)

    Contributed by Erwin Cheng

    International Radio Call Sign:
    Bravo - Charlie - Foxtrot - Mike
    ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201)
    LST-755 53k Ex-USS LST-755 in the Republic of China service as ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Official Republic of China Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships", 1958-59.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-755 19k ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) under way, date and location unknown. Yu-Lun Miao
    183k ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) beached on a ramp while loading/unloading trucks, date and location unknown.
    Republic of China Navy photo.
    Chin Yu Chu
    LST-755 36k ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) loading out at Pier 13, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, date unknown. Larry Lin ROCS Chung Shun (LST-208)
    215k ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) dry docked at US Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines to repair damage sustained when Chung Hai was torpedoed by a People's Liberation Army Navy torpedo boat during the 2nd Taiwan Strait Crisis. The attack was carried out on 4 August 1958.
    Republic of China Navy photo.
    Chin Yu Chu
    LST-755 22k ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) dry docked probably circa August-September 1958 at US Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines. Erwin Cheng
    LST-755 478k ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) underway with modernized bridge structure and new German engines, date and location unknown. Erwin Cheng
    308k ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) underway, date and location unknown.
    Republic of China Navy photo.
    Chin Yu Chu
    LST-755 17k ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) moored pierside at West Wharf, Keelung, Taiwan, circa after 2000. Yu-Lun Miao
    LST-755 469k ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) decked out in red white and blue bunting during her decommissioning ceremony, 1 February 2010. Erwin Cheng
    LST-755 140k Ex-ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) moored pierside at the ROCS naval base, Qijin Island, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 24 May 2016. Jeff Clark
    LST-755 248k Ex-ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) moored pierside at the ROCS naval base, Qijin Island, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 12 February 2018. Jeff Clark
    61k Ex-ROCS Chung Hai (LST-201) moored in Qijin, Kaohsiung Port, Taiwan, circa 2016. The ship was sold for scrapping, 19 May 2020 after bidding for NT$14 Million according to United Daily News. A public attempt to preserve Chung Hai as a museum ship failed. The ROCS Navy chose not to save the ship as the cost of repairs was too high and she was slowly taking in water and sinking.
    Courtesy, Penghu Times
    Yu Chu

    USS LST-755
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Harris, Hyman, USN26 July 1944 - 18 April 1945
    02LT. Johnson, William L., USNR18 April 1945 - 19 December 1945
    03LTjg. Guna, Andrew, USNR19 December 1945 - 1 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
    History of LST-755
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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