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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
    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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    USS LST-157
    LST-157 62k 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
    LST-157 87k Launching of LST-157, 31 October 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville IN. The first LST launched at the yard. Tommy Trampp
    LST-157 103k 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
    LST-157 83k 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)
    Mike Green

    USS LST-157
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Siegelman, Robert Joe, USN10 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
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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