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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service3 Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS LST-72 was transferred to the Republic of the Philippines
LST 1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 20 December 1942, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co, Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 17 March 1943
Commissioned USS LST-72, 5 June 1943, LT. Henry A. Kaye, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-72 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participated in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1945
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-72 was assigned to:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D. F. J. Shea USN (23)
LST Group One Hundred Seven, CDR. L. F. Teuscher USN (23);
LST Division Two Hundred-Fourteen
Following World War II USS LST-72 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 October to 14 November 1945||
|15 November 1945 to 13 May 1946||15 November 1945 to 13 May 1946
Decommissioned, 4 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Transferred, 8 June 1948, to the Philippines government
Sold by the Philippines government in 1957-58 (ref. Janes 1957-58 pg.77)
Purchased by T.Engan, Philippines,and named MV San Fernando, date unknown .
Final Disposition, sold by T. Engan for scrapping in November 1959 to Hong Kong shipbreakers (ref Marine News ,WSS, March 1960
USS LST-72 earned one battle star for World War II service
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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||LSTs land invasion supplies on "Omaha" Beach, shortly after the 6 June 1944 "D-Day" assault.
LSTs on the beach include from (right to left):
USS LST-51? last digit not visible)
USS LST-47 and two unidentified LSTs.
Note: bow numbers of the British ships enclosed in colored blocks; crowd of shipping offshore; barrage balloons over many of the ships. Photo was released for publication, 23 October 1944
US National Archives photo # 80-G-46817 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Riley R. Re Qua MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Arthur L Long MoMM2/C USS LST-49
||Siege of Brest, France, August-September 1944
USS LST-325 (right) and USS LST-72 unloading directly onto trucks, after being left "high and dry" by the tide at Morlaix, France, 5 September 1944.
US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 194739, US Army Signal Corps Collection, US National Archives.
||USS LST-72 crew photo, 15 February 1946, Shanghai China
||Charles R Tefrey
via LST Homeport web site
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Kaye, Henry A., USNR||5 June 1943 - 26 August 1943|
|02||LT. Lombard, John A., USNR||26 August 1943 - 1944|
|03||LT. Huber, C. B., USNR||1944 - 1945|
|04||LT. Byron, Walter, USN||1945 - April 1946|
|05||LT. Sumrall, Dudley D., USN||April 1946 - 4 June 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
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 4 July 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|