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USS LST-169 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
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)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

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
    Succeeding Commanding Officers
    LT. David L. Gershon, Jr., USCGR
    LT. Robert Sanderson, USCGR: 2 August 1945 - 12 April 1946
  • During World War II LST-169 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater LST Flotilla 13, Group 39, Division 77 and LST Flotilla Five (Capt. G.B. Carter, USN), Group Fifteen (Cdr. V. K. Busck, USN), Division 30 and participated in the:
    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 LST-169 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 October 1947, to Luria Steel and Trading Corp., New York, N.Y.
  • LST-169 earned three battle stars for World War II 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'
    (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
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-169 55k LST-169 at anchor, date and place unknown. Al Nader PHm1/c USNR USS LST-169
    LST-169 72k LST-169 underway, date and place unknown. Al Nader PHm1/c USNR USS LST-169
    LST-169 87k LT. David L. Gershon, Jr. USCGR, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of LST-169 Al Nader PHm1/c USNR USS LST-169
    LST-169 72k LST-169 mascot "Kodiak". Al Nader PHm1/c USNR USS LST-169
    LST-169 89k LST-169 at anchor, date and place unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green

    View the LST-169
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) web site
    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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