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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 January 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co, Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 31 March 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-74, 15 June 1943, LT. James W. McBrier, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-74 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following actions/campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS-36, 1 April 1944 Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, 21 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 22 September 1947, to the Southern Shipwrecking Co., New Orleans, La., and subsequently scrapped
  • USS LST-74 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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-74 545k USS LST-603, USS LST-74 and USS LST-141 load soldiers of the US 3rd Infantry Division at Bagnoli harbor, in the Formio area of Italy, 31st July, 1944, during an embarkation exercise prior to Operation 'Dragoon' the Invasion of Southern France.
    US National Archives photo # 192699, Box 222, a US Army Signal Corps photo by Leibowitz, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr and Robert Hurst
    LST-178 1679k Four LSTs, (right to left) USS LST-178, USS LST-74, unidentified, and USS LST-656 load out at Bagnoli, Italy, 8 August 1944, for the upcoming invasion of southern France.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC-193359, Box 225 a US Army Signal Corps photo, by Lapidus, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-74 168k USS LST-74 and USS LST-140 loading for the invasion of southern France, at Naples, Italy, August 1944 Rich Heller
    Sgt. William Heller's World War II Memoirs
    3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
    LST-74 171k USS LST-526, USS LST-140, USS LST-74 and USS LST-174 loading for the invasion of southern France, at Naples, Italy, August 1944 Rich Heller
    Sgt. William Heller's World War II Memoirs
    3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
    YTL-160 868k YT-160 at Toulon, France, circa October-November 1944. Note USS LST-74 moored in the background. Clinton Johnson for his father Earl Clinton Lampp MoMM1c (USNR V6) YT-160

    USS LST-74
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McBrier, James William, USN15 June 1943 - 7 September 1943
    02LT. Siebenthal, S. A., USN7 September 1943 - August 1944
    03LT. Owen, Robert J., USNRAugust 1944 - August 1945
    04LT. Parsons, Lloyd J., USNRAugust 1945 - 21 December 1945
    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
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