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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;
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
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
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
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-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
||USS LST-71 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-71 at anchor, date and place location.
||Photo courtesy Albert T. Harris USS LST-71 collection
||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.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Miner, Frank E., USCGR||9 June 1943 - 1944|
|02||LT. Ruddy, Thomas A., USCGR||1944 - 21 September 1945|
|03||LTjg. Rooney, Edward J., USCGR||21 September 1945 - 14 November 1945|
|04||LT. Dalin. John ||14 November 1945 - 7 February 1946|
|05||LT. 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
Last Updated 22 September 2017
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