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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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
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 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
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
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
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-68 beached, date and location unknown.
US Coast Guard photo from USCG Historian's Office.
|Don Leal USS LST-19 and USS LST 67
||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.
||USS LST-68 beached at Saipan, date unknown.
||Stan Gardinich for his father Nick Gardinich SM1/c USNR USS LST-68
||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."
||US Army 40th Infantry Division troops wade ashore from USS LST-68 at Panay Island, Philippines, date unknown.
US Army Signal Corps photo.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Rogers, John Walton, USN||May 1943 - 26 May 1943||Ferry Command|
|02||LT. Lindquist, Karl A. E., USCG||26 May 1943 - 1944|| |
|03||LTjg. Poaler, Thomas E., USCG||1944 - 1945|| |
|04||LT. Raphaelian, G. A., USCGR||1945 - December 1945|| |
|05||LT. Gray, Julian L., USCG||December 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
Last Updated 6 May 2016
This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|