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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
USS LST-168 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 26 September 1942, at Mission Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 25 February 1943
Commissioned USS LST 168, 3 May 1943, LT. Arthur S. Moreau, USCGR in command
During World War II USS LST-168 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Seven;
LST Group Twenty-One;
LST Division Forty-Two and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Eastern New Guinea operation
Finschhafen occupation, 22 to 24 September 1943
Saidor occupation, 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 January 1944
Leyte landings, 13 to 28 October and 5 to 18 November 1944
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 28 December 1943, 28 January to 1 February 1944
Admiralty Islands landings, 14 to 18 March 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
|Hollandia operation, 21 to 28 April 1944
||Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines;
Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
|Western New Guinea operations
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 10 July 1945
Following World War II USS LST-168 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 6 September to 25 October 1945
Decommissioned, 14 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 9 April 1948 to the Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA for scrapping
USS LST-168 earned eight battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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 2 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-168 beached at Cape Gloucester, 26 December 1943, Note the downed Japanese bomber in the background.
||LSTs, including USS LST-181, USS LST-168, USS LST-206 and USS LST-245 beached at the loading area at Cape Sudest, New Guinea, 12 March 1944.
US National Archives photo # III-SC 271518, Box 504, a US Army Signal Corps photo, by LT E. Commings, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-168 beached in the Philippines, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port web site
||From left to right
USS LST-170 and
USS LST-168 beached at Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands after the city had been secured.
US Coast Guard photo # 4334 from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
||USS LST-168 beached in the Philippines while unloading construction equipment, date and location unknown.
US Coast Guard photo from the collections of th US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
||USS LST-168 and USS LST-470 beached, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|US Coast Guard Historian's Office
||USS LST-168 beached while unloading a bulldozer at Tawi Tawi, Sulu Archipelago, date unknown.
||USS LST-168's LCVP-1 taking first assault wave of Australian troops ashore at Balikpapan. Notice cameraman at left; & chalk ID 'LCVP 131'.
||Submitted by Adrain K
'for educational purposes'
Source-"Pictorial History of Australia at War 39-45",
5 Volumes. 1959
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Moreau, Arthur S. USCGR||3 April 1943 - 4 April 1944|
|02||LT. Twiford, H. USCG||4 April 1944 - 14 March 1946|
|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
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-168
Last Updated 17 January 2014
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