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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Delta - Mike

USS LST-70 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Iwo Jima) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 13 November 1942, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 8 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-70, 28 May 1943, LCDR Augustus Pollack, USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-70 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. G.B. Carter, USN;
    LST Group Fifteen, CDR.. V. K. Busck, USN;
    LST Division Thirty and
    LST Flotilla Six, Laidlaw, USN;
    LST Group Eighteen, CDR. P. Neikum USN Ret;
    LST Division Thirty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Treasury Island-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 6 and 17 November 1943
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Green Islands landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 18 May 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 25 July 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-70 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    29 October to 6 November 1945
    15 to 21 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS LST-70 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 July 1946, to Arctic Circle Exploration, Inc., Seattle, WA.
    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-353 188k Reinforcements wade ashore from USS LST-353 on the shores of Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, 6 November 1943. Also present are USS LST-488 and USS LST-70. Note barrage balloons overhead.
    US National Archives Catalog # 80-G-202485 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    430k USS LST-70 participating in the invasion of Green Island, 15-20 February 1944,
    US National Archives Identifier 205584747, Local ID 26-G-04-25-44(2), US Coast Guard photo # 0425442
    David Upton
    LST-220 207k Green Islands Invasion, February, 1944. Heavy equipment belonging to Navy Seabees is loaded on an LST at a Russell Islands Base, in preparation for the Green Islands Operation, February 12, 1944. Ships are (l-r): LCT-330, LCT-370, USS LST-70, USS LST-220 and USS APc-50. Note trucks, Jeeps and Barrage Balloon.
    US National Archives photo # USMC 77989
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-895 34k USS LST-70 and USS LST-895 beached, date and location unknown. Al Lopinot PhM1/c USS LST-895
    388k USS LST-70, at anchor off Okinawa in the transport area, 2 April 1945. Photo was taken from USS LST-782
    US National Archives Identifier 205586459, Local Identifier 26-G-4428, US Coast Guard photo # 4428 by US Coast Guard photographer Queinan.
    David Upton
    LST-70 96k USS LST-70 beached at Palawan, Philippines, date unknown Steve Smith for his father Clyde Smith LST-7 17

    USS LST-70
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Pollack, Augustus, USCGR28 May 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Devins, Bernard P., USCG1944 - 18 March 1945
    03LT. Shallow, William J., USCG18 March 1945 - 1 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary May 1944
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary July 1944
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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