|Kiel laid: 2 Feb.
||Launched: 18 Mar.
||Decom: 20 Jun. 1946
LST 736 participated in the following
operations during World War II:
- Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - Sept/Oct.
- Leyte landings - Oct/Nov. 1944
- Zambales-Subic - Jan. 1945'
- Assault and occupation of Okinawa "Gun To" - Apr.
thru Jun. 1945. One of three LSTs that transported personnel and supplies of the
79th Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) from Saipan to Okinawa in April 1945 in the
"Gun To" invasion, Battalion veterans confirm there were approximately 200
personnel of the 79th NCB on board LST 736.
Following the war, LST 736 performed occupation duty in the
Far East until early March 1946 and after decommissioning on June 30, 1946, she was struck
from the Navy list. On May 29, 1948, she was sold to Bethlehem Steel Co.of
Pennsylvania and subsequently scrapped. For her service in World War II, LST 736
earned four Battle Stars.
Any information on the voyage from Saipan
and participation of LST-736 in the "Gunto" invasion of Okinawa during World War
II will be greatly appreciated. Please contact:
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships