Page updated: January 14, 2006
My information about the 634 is less complete,
but she's remembered, anyway.
Tank Landing Ship LST
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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-511 Class Tank Landing Ship: Laid down, 13 May 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.; Launched, 1 August 1944; Commissioned USS LST-634, 22 August 1944. During World War II, LST-634 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February and March 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until May 1946. Decommissioned, 8 June 1946; Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946; Final Disposition, transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal, 23 June 1948. LST-634 earned one battle star for World War II service.
Specifications: Displacement 1,780 t.(lt), 3,640 t.(fl); Length 328'; Beam 50'; Draft unloaded, bow 2' 4" stern 7' 6", loaded bow 8' 2" stern 14' 1"; Speed 12k.; Complement 8-10 Officers, 100-115 Enlisted; Troop Capacity, approx. 140 officers and enlisted; Boats, 2 LCVP; Armament; one single 3"/50 gun mount, eight 40mm gun mounts, twelve 20mm gun mounts, two .50-cal machine guns, four .30-cal machine guns; Propulsion, two General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders.
The LST-634 Story Is Brief
LST-634 was laid down on 13 May 1944 at Seneca, III., by the Chicago Bridge
& Iron Co.; launched on 1 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. R. F. Hendren; and commissioned on 22 August
1944, Lt. T. Little in command.
World War II, LST-634 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the
occupation of Iwo Jima in February and March 1945. Following the war, she
performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early June 1946. The ship
was decommissioned on 8 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 July that same year. On 23 June
1948, she was transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal.
LST-634 earned one battle star for World War II service.
For a brief period after the war & before he returned to the US,
George commanded an LST in the performance of occupation duty in China.
Either or both of the LSTs 634 and 1013 were involved.
His memory obscures some of the facts which aren't documented
in his scrapbook.
This is an entry I ran across mentioning damage suffered by LST 634:
03/02 Fri. Cruiser and destroyer task group (Rear Adm. F. E. M.
Whiting) bombards Japanese positions on Okino Daito
Jima, Ryukyu Islands.
Destroyers bombard enemy on Parece Vela Reef in the
United States naval vessels damaged, Iwo Jima area:
Attack cargo ship STOKES (AKA-68), LST 224,
LST 247, LST 634, by collision,
24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E.
LST 642, by grounding,
24 d. 46'N., 141 d. 19'E.
Another interesting fact:
recalls how welcome their warmth was!
Coveralls; World War II US Navy winter issue; heavy OD cotton twill lined w/ OD blanket wool;
top comes to just below armpits; crossed OD cotton web suspender straps; zippered front
w/ 4 button storm flap; adjustment strap at each ankle; 4 patch pockets, 2 front/ 2 back; "U.S.N." stenciled in black on left top.
Coveralls, c. 1944
American naval personnel were issued extra clothing to protect them from winter temperatures.
in the Pacific theater.