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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
|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 1946||28 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
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||Overhead view of USS LST-25 in June 1943 near Solomons (Island), MD.
US Coast Guard photo.
|Paul C. Kilne
||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.
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Holmes, John B., USCGR||3 May 1943 - 7 July 1943|
|02||LT. Houlihan, J. P., USCGR||7 July 1943 - 25 August 1943|
|03||LT. Marcellus, E. F., USCGR||25 August 1943 - October 1945|
|04||LCDR. Costello, C. B., USNR||by 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
US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-25
Last Updated 12 May 2017
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