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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-173 was transferred the United Kingdom, redesignated HM LST-173
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 December 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co. Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 24 April 1943
  • Commissioned, USS LST-173, 18 June 1943 at New Orleans, LA., LT. Marvin J. Kapp, USNR. in command
  • During World War II USS LST-173 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following actions/campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS-36, 1 April 1944 Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, 24 December 1944, and transferred to the Royal Navy
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-173, 24 December 1944, at Bizerta, Tunisia
  • HM LST-173 saw service in the Adriatic area and participated in Operation "Doomsday", 9 May 1945, the surrender of German forces in Norway
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 23 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • USS LST-173 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold to Luria Brothers and Co., Philadelphia, PA., 22 October 1947 for scrapping
    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-173 105k USS LST-173 showing the original LST configuration, with prominent tank-deck ventilators on the upper deck, while underway, 17 January 1944, location unknown. The ventilators made it difficult to stow vehicles there, and impossible to stow an LCT.
    Text and photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-173 220k USS LST-173 beached at Anzio, 1944.
    Photo form the National Archives Still Photo Branch.
    Keven Harris
    LST 173 web site
    LST-173 205k USS LST-173 beached at Baie De Cavalaire southern France, D-Day, 15 August 1944
    Photo from the National Archives Still Photo Branch.
    Keven Harris
    LST 173 web site
    LST-173 232k USS LST-173 beached at Baie De Cavalaire southern France, D-Day, 15 August 1944
    Photo from "Operation Dragon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944", by Anthony Tucker-Jones
    Robert Hurst
    LST-173 171k USS LST-173 beached at Baie De Cavalaire southern France, D-Day, 15 August 1944 Rich Heller-Sgt. William Heller's World War II Memoirs 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army 1943-1945 web site
    349k With USS LST-173 in the background, 15 August 1944, some of the first German prisoners to be captured after the U.S. 7th Army forces landed in southern France are moved along the beach probably to a waiting LST to transport them away from the beachhead and a POW camp. David Upton

    USS LST-173
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kapp, Marvin J., USNR18 June 1943 - August 1943
    02LT. Barber, Broughton James, USNAugust 1943 - 24 December 1944
    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
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