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USS LST-68


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Lima - Lima
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)



USS LST-68 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 8 March 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-68, 4 June 1943, LT Karl A. F. Lindquist, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-68 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Seven;
    LST Group Twenty-One;
    LST Division Forty-One and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck-Archipelago operations
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 27 December 1943, 3 to 7, 11 to 14 January, 13 to 18 February 1944
    Admiralty Islands landings, 4 to 8 March 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 27 October and 5 to 18 November 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Saidor occupation, 15 to 17, 19 to 21, 28 to 30 January, 17 to 19, 21 to 23, 25 to 28 February 1944
    Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Hollandia operation
    Aitape Humboldt Bay-Tanahmerah Bay, 21 to 27 April 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Visayan Island landings, 18 March 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Biak Island operation, 9 to 15 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 8 to 14 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 20 to 26 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
     

  • Decommissioned, 7 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 September 1947, to Southern Shipwrecking Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • USS LST-68 earned seven battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-68 154k USS LST-68 beached, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo from USCG Historian's Office.
    Don Leal USS LST-19 and USS LST 67
    LST-68 154k USS LST-68 beached at Oro Bay, New Guinea, 8 January 1944, while US Marine casualties returning from the Cape Gloucester, New Britain battle zone are being assisted into waiting ambulances.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 186801, 17 May 1944 by T/SGT Jack L. Pfeiffer.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-68 150k USS LST-68 beached at Saipan, date unknown. Stan Gardinich for his father Nick Gardinich SM1/c USNR USS LST-68
    LST-68 49k USS LST-68 loads troops from another amphibious craft while riding at anchor, date and location unknown. Caption accompanying this photo reads: "LSM brings out Major General Siebert's troop to LST 68, at anchor." Tommy Trampp
    LST-68 122k US Army 40th Infantry Division troops wade ashore from USS LST-68 at Panay Island, Philippines, date unknown.
    US Army Signal Corps photo.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-68
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Rogers, John Walton, USNMay 1943 - 26 May 1943Ferry Command
    02LT. Lindquist, Karl A. E., USCG26 May 1943 - 1944 
    03LTjg. Poaler, Thomas E., USCG1944 - 1945 
    04LT. Raphaelian, G. A., USCGR1945 - December 1945 
    05LT. Gray, Julian L., USCGDecember 1945 - 7 March 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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-68
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