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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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS LST-169 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 October 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 26 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-169, 22 May 1943, LT Robert S. Kittredge, USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-169 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirteen
    LST Group Thirty-Nine
    LST Division Seventy-Seven
    LST Flotilla Fourteen (CAPT. E.A. Seay, USN
    LST Group Forty-Two (CDR. G. E. Artz, USN
    LST Division Eighty-Four
    and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation
    Tarawa, 21 November to 8 December 1943
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 3 July 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-169 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 24 September to 11 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • USS LST-169 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 October 1947, to Luria Steel and Trading Corp., New York, N.Y.
    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 2 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-169 55k USS LST-169 at anchor, date and location unknown. Al Nader PHm1/c USNR USS LST-169
    LST-169 72k USS LST-169 under way, date and location unknown. Al Nader PHm1/c USNR USS LST-169
    LST-169 87k LT. David L. Gershon, Jr. USCGR, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of USS LST-169 Al Nader PHm1/c USNR USS LST-169
    LST-169 72k USS LST-169 mascot "Kodiak". Al Nader PHm1/c USNR USS LST-169
    LST-169 89k USS LST-169 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green

    USS LST-169
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT Kittredge, Robert S. USCGR23 May 1943 - May 1945
    02LT Gershon Jr., David L. USCGRMay 1945 - 2 August 1945
    03LT Sanderson, Robert USCGR2 August 1945 - 12 April 1946

    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-169
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