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International Radio Call Sign:
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:
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
|Campaign and Dates
|Gilbert Islands operation, 13 November to 8 December 1943
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.
(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
16 officers, 147 enlisted
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
Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
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||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.
||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.
||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.
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
Last Updated 15 May 2009
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