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Lost to enemy action, 11 July 1943

USS LST-158

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 11 July 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 11 July 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge &, Iron Co.. Evansville IN.
  • Launched, 16 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-158, 10 February 1943
  • During WWII USS LST-158 was assigned to Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 26 May to 9 July 1943
    Sicilian occupation 9 to 11 July 1943

  • Sunk off Licata, Sicily, 11 July 1943, as a result of enemy aircraft bombing
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 July 1943
  • USS LST-158 earned two battle stars for World War 11 service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers, 131 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-158 47k LST-158 on the building ways at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville IN, 16 November 1942, ready for launching
    (This photograph may not be reproduced without permission of the Evansville Museum.)
    With permission, from the collection of the Evansville Museum
    LST-158 50k A half-track is being loaded on the nearest LST at Bizerte, as USS LST-158 also loads for the Sicilian occupation in July 1943.
    US Army Signal Corps photo.
    Ray Sullenberger, BM2, Sam Sullenberger, BMC, Verdell Jacobson, MoMM2, and Tommy Brown, survivors of the sinking of the LST 158.
    LST-158 38k USS LST-158 burning in the distance after being fatally struck by a German aerial bomb off Licata, Sicily, 11 July 1943.
    Frame capture from the "Victory at Sea" series, Episode 14, "Roman Renaissance."
    Photo courtesy USS Wilkes (DD-441) Association web site.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Sam Sullenberger BMC, USS LST-158, USS LST-492, USS LST-512
    LST-158 29k USS LST-158 burning after being fatally struck by a German aerial bomb off Red Beach, Licata, Sicily, 11 July 1943. Paul Sullenberger for his father Sam Sullenberger BMC, USS LST-158, USS LST-492, USS LST-512
    LST-158 29k USS LST-158 burning after being fatally struck by a German aerial bomb off Red Beach, Licata, Sicily, 11 July 1943. A vehicle on the main deck is exploding on the starboard side. Astern and to the port side, if you look closely enough, is an LCVP in the water that was probably manned by crewmen Verdell Jacobson and Tommy Brown. They picked up the Commanding Officer along with BMC Sullenberger.
    Frame capture from the "Victory at Sea" series, Episode 14, "Roman Renaissance."
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Sam Sullenberger BMC, USS LST-158, USS LST-492, USS LST-512
    LST-158 10k Another view of USS LST-158 burning after being fatally struck by a German aerial bomb off Red Beach, Licata, Sicily, 11 July 1943. This frame was captured from the "Victory at Sea" series, Episode 14, "Roman Renaissance" This colonized version of the picture was used in the History Channel's "Hero Ships - LST's" a few years ago. (Ironically, when this footage was shown on the history channel, the narrator was describing the bombing of USS LST-313 off Gela. LST-158 was never mentioned. Paul Sullenberger for his father Sam Sullenberger BMC, USNRUSS LST-158, USS LST-492, USS LST-512 and his brother Ray Sullenberger, BM2.
    LST-158 94k USS LST-158 burning after being fatally struck by a German aerial bomb off Red Beach, Licata, Sicily, 11 July 1943. This "Life" magazine photo was sent to Sam Sullenberger in 1993 by Tommy Brown, who was in the LCVP that most likely rescued Sam Sullenberger when he abandoned ship. This one is submitted for Tommy Brown, Verdell Jacobson, and Sam and Ray Sullenberger. Photo ©"Time-Life Inc. Paul Sullenberger for his father Sam Sullenberger BMC, USNRUSS LST-158, USS LST-492, USS LST-512, Ray Sullenberger, BM2, Tommy Brown and Verdell Jacobson.
    LST-158 858k Another view of USS LST-158 burning after being fatally struck by a German aerial bomb off Red Beach, Licata, Sicily, 11 July 1943.
    US Army Air Corps photo.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Sam Sullenberger BMC, USNR, his brother Ray Sullenberger, BM2. Verdell Jacobson and Tommy Brown, all survivors of USS LST 158

    USS LST-158
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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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