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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, February 1945) - China Service Medal (retroactive) 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, 21 May 1944, at Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 1 July 1944
Commissioned USS LST-779, 3 August 1944, LTjg. Joseph A. Hopkins, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-779 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. J. Laidlaw USN (24);
LST Group Eighteen, CDR. P. Neikum Jr., USN (Ret) (26);
LST Division Thirty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 to 21 April 1945
Following World War II USS LST-779 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|20 September to October 1945||
|22 October to 30 November 1945||
|1 January to 8 April 1946||1 January to 8 April 1946
Decommissioned, 18 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
USS LST-779 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
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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||LST-779 launching at Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh, PA, 1 July 1944. The restricted areas of inland waterways necessitating a side
US National Archives Photo No. 19-N-67843, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
||As waves crash against beached LVTs (the one in the foreground, 5A-30, named FELICE), USS LST-779 unloads at Iwo Jima, 26
February 1945. Mount Suribachi looms in the background. Note weathered camouflage and duplicate identification numbers.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-317961.
||USS LST-779 and USS LST-1032 beached at Iwo Jima. circa 19 to 28 February 1945. Original caption reads "Smashed by Jap mortar and shellfire, trapped by Iwo's treacherous black-ash sands, amtracs and other vehicles of war lay knocked out on the black sands of the volcanic fortress.".
US National Archives. Photo # 26-G-4474, a US Coast Guard photo by Robert M. Warren PhoM3c now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Robert Hurst and Robert Morrissey
||Aerial view of the Iwo Jima beachhead, circa February 1945. Ships that can be identified include;
USS LST-784 and
USS LSM-47, and
The one lone LCI that is identifiable is USS LCI(L)-1077.
USMC photo # 110582
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||From top to bottom;
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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Hopkins, Joseph A., USNR ||3 August 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LT. Schout, James W., USNR ||December 1945 - 14 February 1946|
|03||LTjg. Higgins, A. E., USN ||14 February 1946 18 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
USS LST-779 Deck Logs, 27
July to 1 August 1945
USNI News - "New Lead Uncovered in Search for USS Indianapolis"
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
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