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USS LST-76 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Quebec - Victor
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

USS LST-76 transferred to the Royal Navy in 1944 for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 19 January 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 14 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-76, 26 June 1943, LT. M. L. Olson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-76 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following operations/campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS-37, 11 to 12 April 1944 Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 24 December 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-76, 24 December 1944
  • Noted at Taranto for docking, 2 February to 10 March 1945
  • Repairs at Rosyth and on the Clyde during 1945
  • Devonport for repairs 19 to 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to US Naval custody, 23 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the United States Naval custody, 23 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for conversion to merchant service, 21 April 1948, to Southern Trading Co., Philadelphia, PA., named MV Southern Isles
  • Final Disposition, lost at sea off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, 5 October 1951
  • USS LST-76 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 6 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-174 294k Invasion of Southern France. LSTs loading for the invasion, at Bagnoli, Italy, 8 August 1944. They include:
    USS LST-76;
    USS LST-286 and
    USS LST-174 among others. Note LCS(S)(2) on bow davits of LST-286 and LCVPs carried by other LSTs.
    US National Archives Photo # SC 192702 a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USS LST-76
    LST-76 1517k USS LST-76 moored near Bagnoia, Italy, 10 August 1944, while loading for the Invasion of Southern France.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 193361, Box 225 a US Army Signal Corps photo by Harris, 163rd Signal Photo Co., now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-76 79k USS LST-76 probably moored near Bagnoia, Italy, while loading for the Invasion of Southern unknown. Steve Cournoyer for his grandfather Louis G Hines GM2/c USS LST-3
    LST-76 31k USS LST-76 probably beached in southern France, date unknown. Photo probably taken from USS LST-3 Steve Cournoyer for his grandfather Louis G Hines GM2/c USS LST-3
    HM LST-76
    LST-76 82k HM LST-76 partial crew photo at Taranto, Italy in 1945. Robert Hurst

    USS LST-76
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Olson, Martin L., USNR26 June 1943 - December 1943
    02LT. Clark, R. A., USNDecember 1943 - 24 December 1944
    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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