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Tank Landing Ship
1,780 x 3,880 x 328
5 x 40mm
6 x 20mm
2 x 50 cal , 4 x 30cal
Plus aprox 140 troops
Carl R. Thien 1944
Built by Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company, Evansville, Indiana. Laid down May 7, 1943. Launched July 17, 1943. Commissioned on August 22, 1943 with Lt. Matthew J. McCabe, USNR, in command.
Assigned to the South-West Pacific, this LST participated in operations n New Guinea and the Philippines.
Between January to February 1944 participated in the landing at Saidor. During February 1944 landed at Cape Gloucester. During March 1944 participated in the combat landing in the Admiralty Islands. On April 22, 1944 landed at Hollandia and remained in the area until May 1944 participated in operations at Toem-Wakde-Sarmi. Next, Biak Island operations during June 1944. During July 1944 the landing at Noemfoor Island followed by Cape Sansapor operation during July and August 1944. In September 1944 the landing at Morotai.
During the liberation of the Philippines, LST-245 participated in the landing at Leyte unloading troops and supplies on October 20, 1944 and operated in the area until November. Next, participated in the Lingayen Gulf landings arriving on January 9, 1945. During April 1945 participated in the landings on Mindanao.
Finally, during June - July 1945 participated in the landings at Balikpapan supporting the Australian Army. During World War II, LST-245 earned eight battle stars for service.
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