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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 (2) - 26 December 1943, 12 November 1944
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Personnel Awards

Silver Star (Joseph Gerczak SM3/c, USCGR, posthumously); Bronze Star with "V" (Peter Chase PHM2/c; LCDR. Howard E. White; Robert Goldman PHM21/c) - Purple Hearts - (7-KIA 13-WIA)

During World War II USS LST-66 was manned by the US Coast Guard
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 August 1942, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 16 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-66, 12 April 1943, LT. Howard A. White, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-66 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eleven
    LST Group Thirty-One
    LST Division Sixty-One and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 25 to 30 December 1943, 15 to 18 January
    28 January to 1 February, 7 to 10, 19 to 23, 26 to 29 February 1944
    Admiralty Islands landing, 11 February and 28 March to 1 April 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 27 October and 5 to 18 November 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Saidor occupation, 20 to 22 January and 12 to 14 February 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 17 January 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 27 April and 1 to 7 May 1944 Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines;
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 11 March 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 18 to 20 and 23 to 25 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 6 to 20 and 12 to 16 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 2 to 7 and 9 to 14 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 2, and 4 to 10 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Borneo Operation
    Balikpapan operation, 3 to 7 July 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 April 1948, to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • USS LST-66 earned eight battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
    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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    LST-66 104k USS LST-66 disembarks troops during the invasion of Cape Gloucester, circa December 1943-February 1944.
    US Coast Guard photo # 3406 from the collections of the US Coast Guard's Historians Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-66 104k USS LST-66 disembarking troops near Hollandia, circa April-May 1944.
    US Coast Guard photo # 2184 from the collections of the US Coast Guard's Historians Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-67 87k USS LST-66, far right and USS LST-67 disembark M4 Sherman tanks and other vehicles during the Western New Guinea operation, Invasion of Noemfoor Island in July 1944.
    US Coast Guard photo No. 2642 from the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Don Leal USS LST 67 & USS LST 19
    LST-18/202 79k From left to right USS LST-67, USS LST-66, USS LST-18, USS LST-245, and USS LST-202 landing troops and material, on the beach at Leyte, P.I., D-Day 20 October 1944.
    from the US Coast Guard Magazine "The Coast Guard and the Pacific War".
    Don Leal USS LST 67 & USS LST 19
    LST-66 17k USS LST-66 on the beach during the invasion of Leyte Peter M. Chase PHM 2/c USCGR USS LST-66
    LST-66 19k USS LST-66 on the beach at Leyte loading battle casualties Peter M. Chase PHM 2/c USCGR USS LST-66
    LST-66 19k USS LST-66 approaching the beach during the invasion of Zamboanga Peter M. Chase PHM 2/c USCGR USS LST-66
    LST-66 43k Water color of USS LST-66 beached artist, location and date unknown. Peter M. Chase PHM 2/c USCGR USS LST-66
    LST-66 88k USS LST-66 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 82165-A from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of J.A. Casoly.
    Mike Green

    USS LST-66
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. White, Howard E., USCG12 April 1943 - January 1944
    02LTjg. McGowan, William H., USCGJanuary 1944 - 1 November 1944
    03LTjg. Reed, B. C., USCG1 November 1944 - 1945
    04LT. Holbert, Wendell J., USCG1945 - 15 September 1945
    05LT. Wagley, George Z., USCG15 September 1945 - 28 September 1945
    06LT. Howard, Kenneth P., USCGR28 September 1945 - 26 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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