< Tank Landing Ship LST

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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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 May 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 11 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-783, 14 August 1944, LT. Jack F. McAllister, USNR, in command
  • During World Way II USS LST-783 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (22);
    LST Group Thirty-Nine, CDR. B. T. Zelenka USN (24);
    LST Division Seventy-Eight and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima 5 to 16 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-783 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    13 September 1945 to 16 March 194613 September 1945 to 16 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 22 August 1946
  • Laid up in Reserve
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 June 1950
  • USS LST-783 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 June 1950, to Northern Metal Co., Philadelphia, PA.
    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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    LST-783 64k USS LST-783 beached at Guam, Summer 1945 Gaylord Humble, crew member S/2c/2c, 20 Apr. 44 to 23 Jan. 46
    LCT-560 77k From right to left: the port side of USS LST-783 the remains of LCT-1414, LCT-560, LCT-891 and LCT-785 on the beach at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa, after the fire and explosion aboard LCT-560 on 2 January 1946. See below National Archive documents for explanation. Joey Kelly
    LST-355 155k Scene on a Gushikawa beach, shortly after a large ammunition explosion wrecked LCT-560 and damaged several other ships, on January 2, 1946. Ships landing on beach are (from left to right):
    USS LST-355,
    USS LST-783,
    LCT(5)LCT 141,
    LCT(6)LCT-560 (destroyed),
    LCT(6)LCT-891, and
    LCT(6)LCT-785. Offshore is
    USS LST-920, which had been beached between the other two LSTs at the time of the explosion.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 76149. Courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Frank L. Howard (Ret.)
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LCT-560 289k Finding of Facts pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of LCT-1414, LCT-560, LCT-891 and LCT-785.
    US Navy document from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joey Kelly
    LCT-560 316k Causality list pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of LCT-1414, LCT-560, LCT-891 and LCT-785. This list also includes casualties from nearby LSTs USS LST-783 and USS LST-926
    US Navy letter from Commander NOB Okinawa to CINCPAC, dated 7 January 1946 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joey Kelly
    LST-783 23k The future world famous circus clown Emmett Kelly Jr. standing on the ramp of USS LST-783 while beached, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-783
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McAllister, Jack F., USNR14 August 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Simmons Jr., George H., USNRNovember 1945 - March 1946
    03LT. Walker, Robert G., USNRMarch 1946 - 22 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
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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