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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Romeo - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 10 December 1942, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 29 March 1943
Commissioned USS LST-73, 8 June 1943, LT. Wilfred K. Bradbury USNR, in command
During World War II LST-73 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participated in the in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-73 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-73 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 October to 6 November 1945
Decommissioned, 13 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
USS LST-73 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 March 1948, to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, WA.
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-73 moored at Bizerte, Tunisia in 1943 along with other LSTs.
||William Fraser USS LST-208
||USS LST-73 is in the foreground), carrying troops of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, move toward the north coast of France on "D-Day", 6 June 1944. They are protected against low-flying enemy aircraft by gas-filled balloons.
US Army Signal Corps. photo # SC 190462, from the US Army Signal Corps photo collection of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Bradbury, Wilfred Kingston, USNR||8 June 1943 - 25 August 1943|
|02||LT. Crossan, Henry M., USN||25 August 1943 - February 1945|
|03||LT. Wales Jr., Charles, USNR||February 1945 - 1945|
|04||LTjg. Beall Jr., Frank R., USNR||1945 - June 1946 |
|05||ENS. Cumberpatch, S. J., USNR||June 1946 - 13 July 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
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