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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 1 April 1945, Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-71 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 November 1942, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 27 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-71, 9 June 1943, LCDR. Frank E. Miner, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-71 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five
    LST Group Fifteen
    LST Flotilla Division Thirty and
    LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (22);
    LST Group Thirty-Nine, CDR. B. T. Zelenka USN (24);
    LST Division Seventy-Eight and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 5 August 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 11 April 1945
    Treasury Island-Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landing, 1 November 1944

  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • USS LST-71 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold for conversion to merchant service, 23 January 1948, to Atlantic and Pacific Packing Co., Seattle, WA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    LSM-84 66k USS LST-71, an unidentified LST and USS LSM-84 beached at Okinawa, date unknown. USS LSM-84 is unloading an armored tracked vehicle. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LST-71 65k USS LST-71 at anchor, date and location unknown. Ron Muscarella
    LST-71 59k USS LST-71 at anchor, date and place location. Photo courtesy Albert T. Harris USS LST-71 collection
    LST-71 28k USS LST-71 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 83259, courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1975. US Naval Historical Center.
    Mike Green

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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Miner, Frank E., USCGR9 June 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Ruddy, Thomas A., USCGR1944 - 21 September 1945
    03LTjg. Rooney, Edward J., USCGR21 September 1945 - 14 November 1945
    04LT. Dalin. John 14 November 1945 - 7 February 1946
    05LT. Taylor, E. E. 7 February 1946 - 25 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS LST-71 Crew and Miscellaneous photos
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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