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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Zamboanga- Mindanao landings) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Purple Heart (WIAs, Zamboanga, Mindanao landings - F.E. Bateman and several others)
USS LST-26 was manned by the US Coast Guard crew during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 16 November 1942, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
Launched, 31 March 1943
Commissioned USS LST-26, 7 June 1943, LT. Eugene Kiernan USCGR in command
During World War II USS LST-26 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Seven
LST Group Twenty-One
LST Division Forty-One and participated in the following operations:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 28 December 1943, 30 December 1943 to 3 January 1944, 5 to 9 and 11 to 14 January 1944
Leyte landings, 13 to 27 October and 5 to 18 November 1944
Aitape Humboldt Bay-Tanahmerah Bay, 21 to 27 April 1944 and 1 to 7 May 1944
|Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, Zamboanga, 10 to 11 March 1945
|Western New Guinea operations
Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 to 21 and 23 to 25 May 1944
Biak Island operation, 27 to 30 May, 3 to 7 and 9 to 11 June 1944
Noemfoor Island operation, 6 to 10 July 1944
Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 2 and 4 to 10 August 1944
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
Following World War II USS LST-26 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|11 October t o1 November 1945||3 to 10 October 1945
Decommissioned, 1 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
Final Disposition, sold to Arctic Circle Exploration, Seattle, WA., 17 June 1946 for conversion to commercial service, fate unknown
USS LST-26 earned five battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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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||USS LST-26 unloading on the beach at Tanah Merah Bay, Hollandia, Dutch East Indies, circa April-May 1944. USS LST-22 is the LST alongside USS LST-26. The LST in the far distance is unidentified.
US Coast Guard photo # 2301, from USCG Historian's Office, photographer unknown.
|Keith D Lumsden
||USS LST-26 beached while unloading fuel drums at Biak Island, circa May-June 1944.
US Coast Guard photo from USCG Historian's Office.
|Don Leal USS LST-19 and USS LST 67
||LSTs including USS LST-26 beached at Maffin Bay,Toem, Dutch New Guinea, 26 July 1944, loading equipment for the Cape Sansapor operation.
US Army Signal Corps, photo # SC 194713, by PVT Ray Martin, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-26 beached, date and location unknown.
||Sara Bateman for her father F.E. Bateman USS LST-26
||USS LST-26 beached while off loading vehicles, date and location unknown.
||Sara Bateman for her father F.E. Bateman USS LST-26
||USS LST-26 crew members, date and location unknown.
F.E. Bateman is far right in bottom photo.
|Sara Bateman for her father F.E. Bateman USS LST-26
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Kiernan, Eugene, USCGR||7 June 1943 - 1944|
|02||LT. Newell, Raymond B., USCG||1944 - June 1945|
|03||LT. Ketcham, Frederick R., USCGR||June 1945 - 11 December 1945|
|04||ENS. Dahl, Ernest W., USCG||11 December 1945 - 31 December 1945|
|05||LCDR. Howell, Leroy, USCG||31 December 1945 - 1 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Additional Photos and Brief History of LST-26
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-26
Last Updated 12 January 2018
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