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  USS LST-711
USN
LST-542 Class
Tank Landing Ship

3,640 Tons
328' x 50' 14' 1"
1 × 3" gun
8 x 40mm guns
12 × 20mm guns
2 × .50 cal MG
2 × .30 cal MG
2 x LCVP

Ship History
Built by Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company in Jeffersonville, IN. Laid down May 28, 1944 as LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship. Launched July 3, 1944. Commissioned July 28, 1944 as USS LST-711 under the command of captain LT. Francis C. Huntley and proceeded to the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
On September 15, 1944 participated in the landing at Morotai. During December 12-18, 1944 participated in the landing at San Jose on Mindoro. During January 9-18, 1945 participated in the landings at Lingayen Gulf. On April 17-23, 1945 participated in the landings at Illana Bay on Mindanao. For World War II service earned three battle stars.

Postwar
On September 23, 1945 assigned to the Occupation service in the Far East and served for three operational periods: September 23, 1945 until October 25, 1945. Next, November 17, 1945 to April 15, 1946. Finally, July 5-17, 1946. For postwar service, earned the Navy Occupation Service Medal. On August 11, 1946 decommissioned and transfered to the U. S. Army. Officially, struck from the U. S. Navy register on September 29, 1947.

In U. S. Army service, used as a transport for American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel for remains recovery operations in the Pacific.

During February 1948, AGRS Search and Recovery Expedition Number 2 was based aboard LST-711 for a mission around Rabaul and locations on East New Britain.

During January 1949, AGRS Search and Recovery Expedition Number 2 embarked aboard LST-711 for a mission around Bougainville. On January 21, 1949 a team led by Sgt Bizub with Cpl Nesmith, Cpl Neal and Pfc Kolasa departed LST-711 to search the upper Laruma River visiting the Piaterapaia where they located 13 villagers and a Police Boy to assist them in their search for Missing In Action (MIAs) roughly three miles away including case 7-1167 related to the loss of U. S. Army 23rd Infantry Division "Americal Division", 182nd Infantry, Company B including Pfc Tommy Garrett, 38220894, Pfc Henry L. Kemp, 37620697, Pvt Vest C. Martin, 37646956 and Pvt Gordon L. Rose, 34658205 that were ambushed September 24, 1944 and afterwards listed as Missing In Action (MIA). The patrol leader was the sole survivor. Possibly, one of the missing was captured by the Japanese.

Ultimate fate unknown, likely sold or scrapped sometime afterwards.

References
NavSource - USS LST-711
Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) Tommy Garrett page 23, 25, 28 (map)

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Last Updated
August 23, 2019

 

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