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USS LST-157 transferred to the Royal Navy in 1944 for the duration of World War II
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 25 June 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 31 October 1942
Commissioned USS LST-157, 10 February 1943, LT. Robert J. Siegelman USN in command
During World War II USS LST-157 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Sicilian occupation, 9 July 1943
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
|Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
Decommissioned, 9 December 1944 and transferred to the United Kingdom
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-157
Modified for Far East service
Participated in the Invasion of Malaya, at Penarth, Pontoon Co. Penarth, early 1945
Transferred to US Naval custody at Subic Bay, P.I., 13 April 1946.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
USS LST-157 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines
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 6 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-157
||LST-157 on the building ways at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville IN, hanging the bow doors 1942
(This photograph may not be reproduced without permission of the Evansville Museum.)
|With permission, from the collection of the Evansville Museum
||Launching of LST-157, 31 October 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville IN. The first LST launched at the yard.
||USS LST-157 transporting the American Red Cross Clubmoblile, Group A to Normandy in July, 1944.
||Fano Suarez in memory of Kathryn "Katy" Kirkpatrick Huehl, Group A, Clubmobile "Granite State"
| HM LST-157
||HM LST-157 beached with doors open and ramp down, date and location unknown.
Imperial War Museum Ministry of Defense Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs, Photo No. © IWM(FL 7222)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Siegelman, Robert Joe, USN||10 February 1943 - 9 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 31 July 2015
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