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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 - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-25 was manned by a US Coast Guard crew
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 October 1942, at Dravo Corp., Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 9 March 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-25, 3 May 1943, LT. John B. Holmes, USCGR, in command
  • Turned over to a US Navy crew at Bizerte, Tunisia, 23 August 1943
  • During World War II USS LST-25 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and Asiatic-Pacific Theater:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 to 20 May 1945

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-25 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
  • Following World War II USS LST-25 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    18 September to 17 October 1945 
    28 October 1945 to 14 March 194628 October 1945 to 14 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 2 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 March 1948, to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • USS LST-25 earned two battle stars 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-25 1029k Overhead view of USS LST-25 in June 1943 near Solomons (Island), MD.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Paul C. Kilne
    LST-25 70k Vehicles and personnel of the 168 Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to 8th Armoured Brigade, aboard USS LST-25 off Gold beach, 6 June 1944.
    Photo by LT J. E. Russell, Royal Navy official photographer. Image # A23890 from the Collections of the Imperial War Museums.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-25 74k US sailors manning 20mm gun positions and British troops on board USS LST-25 watch LCI(L) landing craft head towards the beaches of Gold assault area, 6 June 1944.
    Photo by LT J. E. Russell, Royal Navy official photographer. Image # A23894 from the Collections of the Imperial War Museums.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-25
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Holmes, John B., USCGR3 May 1943 - 7 July 1943
    02LT. Houlihan, J. P., USCGR7 July 1943 - 25 August 1943
    03LT. Marcellus, E. F., USNR25 August 1943 - October 1945
    04LCDR. Costello, C. B., USNRby 1 January 1946 - ?

    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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