LST 736

Built in 1944 by Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh.
Assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater

                                                             79th Battalion Seabees Home

Kiel laid:  2 Feb. 1944 Launched:  18 Mar. 1944 Decom:  20 Jun. 1946

LST  736 participated in the following operations during World War II:

  • Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - Sept/Oct. 1944
  • 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:

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Information from:
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships