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USS LST-2 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Romeo - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 June 1942, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
  • Launched, 19 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-2, 22 December 1942, LT. John P. Horgan, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-2 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation, Prior to July 1943 Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned and turned over to the Royal Navy, 29 November 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into Royal Naval service, 29 November 1944, as HM LST-2
  • On trials in Scotland during December 1944
  • At Tyne in December 1944 to August 1945 for preparation for Far East service
  • Sailed from Southampton, 17 August 1945, to Bombay, India via Port Said, Egypt, arriving, 21 September 1945
  • Railway lines installed
  • Various trips between Madras, Singapore and Trincomalee
  • Ship de-stored at Changi in March 1946
  • Arrived Subic Bay, Philippines, 1 April 1946
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 13 April 1946
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LST-2 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    USS LST-2
    LST-2 32k USS LST-2 under way, location unknown, circa January-June 1944. Christopher Bissonnette for his father Austin Bissonnette GM1/c USS LST-2
    LST-2 99k GM1/c Austin Bissonnette posing in front of USS LST-2 conning tower, date and location unknown. Christopher Bissonnette for his father Austin Bissonnette GM1/c USS LST-2
    HM LST-2
    LST-2 59k HM LST-2 disembarking US Navy "Seabees" and British troops at Salerno, 9 September 1943. Photo courtesy Christopher Bissonnette
    Caption courtesy Jason Treadway
    LST-2 87k HM LST-2 loading up at Southampton in August 1945 for Operation "Zipper", the invasion of Malaya. Robert Hurst
    LST-2 48k HM LST-2 passing through the Suez Canal, enroute to Bombay, India, August 1945. Robert Hurst

    USS LST-2
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Horgan, John P., USNR22 December 1942 - 21 October 1943
    02LT. Newhard, Walter George, USN21 October 1943 - 29 November 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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