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November - Papa - Papa - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-69 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, 20 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-69, 20 May 1943, LT. Robert T. Leary, USCGR in command, 20 May 1943 - May 1944
  • During World War II, USS LST-69 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LST Flotilla 13, Group 37, Division 73 and LST Flotilla Five (CAPT. G.B. Carter, USN), Group Fifteen (CDR. V. K. Busck, USN), Division 30 and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation, 13 November to 8 December 1943
  • While moored in the West Loch at Peal Harbor USS LST-69 was destroyed by an ordnance explosion, and sank, 21 May 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 July 1944
  • USS LST-69 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-69 135k USS LST-69 and USS LST-23 beached, probably at Kuluk Harbor, Adak, during unloading operations in the Aleutians, August 1943.
    US Coast Guard photo # 924435 from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-69 64k USS LST-69 beached while unloading equipment, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo # 3237 from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-69 66k USS LST-69 underway, 4 October 1943, location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-26706 A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Daniel Dunham

    USS LST-69
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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-69
    West Loch Disaster, Pearl Harbor, T.H., 21 May 1944

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