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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Sierra - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-17 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 September 1942, at Dravo Corp. Neville Island, PA.
  • Launched, 8 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-17, 19 April 1943, LT. H. B. Gallagher, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-17 was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-17 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    16 September to 26 October 1945
    20 November to 24 December 1945

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-17 came under the control of
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
    LST Group One Hundred Four, CDR. D. Stubbs USN (25);
    LST Division Two Hundred Five
  • Decommissioned, 15 January 1946, and turned over to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q015
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, 15 November 1954, transferred to Commandant, 13th Naval District, for use as a mobile target, sunk 15 August 1956 by torpedo
  • USS LST-17 earned one battle star for World War II service
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    LST-17 368k USS LST-17 underway in the Pacific with LCT-848 deck loaded, date unknown. Dale Maloney for his father Solomon Maloney, BM1/c USN USS LST-17
    LST-17 136k USS LST-17 beached at Okinawa while offloading tanks and trucks, date unknown. Beached alongside her to port is USS LST-750. Dale Maloney for his father Solomon Maloney, BM1/c USN USS LST-17

    USS LST-17
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gallagher, Hubert B., USCGR19 April 1943 - ?
    04LT. Melvold, Robert J., USNR30 November 1944 - 18 October 1945
    05LT. Lenhoff, Arthur W., USN 18 October 1945 - January 1946
    06LTjg. Dukes, William S., USNR, (acting)January 1946 -15 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-17
    SCAJAP - Shipping Control Authority, Japan
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