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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:
|Campaign and Dates
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 28 December 1943
Admiralty Islands landings, 14 to 18 March 1944
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
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;
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 November 1947, to Biloxi Boatwrecking Co., Biloxi, MS.
USS LST-170 earned seven battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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-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.
||USS LST-170 possibly landing men and materials on Red Beach, Cape Opmarai, Dutch New Guinea, 30 July 1944.
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
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Kelley, Thomas N. (USCGR)||31 May 1943 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Gardner, Donald W. (USCGR)||? - 11 October 1945|
|03||LT. Dines Jr., Tyson (USCGR)||11 October 1945 - 29 October 1945|
|04||LTjg. Hammer, Williard M. (USCGR)||29 October 1945 - 23 February 1945|
|05||LTjg. Colvig, Byingtom F. (USCGR)||23 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
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
Last Updated 4 January 2013
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