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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 (7)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

USS LST-170 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship: Laid down, 9 October 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 27 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-170, 31 May 1943, with a Coast Guard crew, LCDR. T. N. Kelly, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-170 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Seven
    LST Group Twenty-One
    LST Division Forty-Two and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 28 December 1943
    Admiralty Islands landings, 14 to 18 March 1944
    Leyte operations
    Leyte landings, 16 to 29 October, 5 to 21 November 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Saidor Occupation, 2 to 3, 6 to 9, 19 to 22 January, 4 to 7 February 1944
    Luzon operations
    Mindoro Landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 17 January 1945
    Hollandia Operation, 22 to 26 April, 1 to 7, 9 to 15 May 1944 Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 to 18, 23 to 25 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 28 to 31 May, 3 to 7, 9 to 14 June 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 2, 4 to 10, 12 to 18, 20 to 26 August 1944
    Morotai Landing, 15 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, 6 April 1946;
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS LST-170 earned seven battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 November 1947, to Biloxi Boatwrecking Co., Biloxi, MS.
    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-170 1486k USS LST-170 with other LSTs landing men and materials on Red Beach, Cape Opmarai, Dutch New Guinea, 30 July 1944.

    US Army Signal Corps photo # III SC 261025, by PFC Wilbur Goen, from the US Army Signal Corps Collection now in the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-170 510k USS LST-170 probably landing men and materials on Red Beach, at Mar, Cape Opmarai, Dutch New Guinea, 30 July 1944. Aimee Strickland
    LST-170 490k
    LST-170 599k
    246k USS LST-170 unloading aircraft and other supplies during the Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 2, and 4 to 10 August 1944. She is at Red Beach, which was at Mar. This photo was probably taken some time after the area was secure. Personal collection of Jeffrey Baird
    LST-741 85k USS LST-741, USS LST-1017, USS LST-170, USS LST-460, USS LST-613, USS LST-1018, USS LST-695, USS LST-628, USS LST-697, beached on D+2, 22 October 1944, while unloading at Tacloban, San Pedro Bay, Leyte, P.I.
    Photo was taken from the deck of USS LST-666
    Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-168 97k From left to right USS LST-245, 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.
    Mike Green

    USS LST-170
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Kelley, Thomas N., USCGR31 May 1943 - ?
    02LCDR. Gardner, Donald W., USCGR? - 11 October 1944
    03LT. Dines Jr., Tyson, USCGR11 October 1944 - 29 October 1944
    04LTjg. Hammer, Williard M., USCGR29 October 1944 - 23 February 1945
    05LTjg. Colvig, Byingtom F., USCGR23 February 1945 - 6 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

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