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International Radio Call Sign:
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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
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 1 January 1943, at the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 21 April 1943
Commissioned USS LST 174, 15 June 1943, LT. Robert W. Gorton, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-174 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in
the following actions/campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Convoy UGS-36, 1 April 1944
Invasion of southern France, 15 to 16 August 1944
Decommissioned, 21 December 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
Sold, 30 January 1947 to Ming-Sung Industrial Co., Ltd., of Shanghai, China, and converted for merchant service
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-174 earned two 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-174 heading downstream on the Mississippi River after leaving her builders yard at Evansville, IN, after completion in June 1943.
||Crew of USS LST-174 date and location unknown.
||John H. Rooney, Jr.
||Men and equipment of the 3rd Div. are lined up to embark on waiting LSTS including, USS LST-174, for the invasion of southern France at Bagnoli, Italy, 8 August 1944.
US National Archives photo # III-SC 193360, Box 225, a US Army Signal Corps photo by Lapidus, 163 Signal Photo Company, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-526, USS LST-140, USS LST-74 and USS LST-174 loading for the invasion of southern France, at Naples, Italy in August 1944
Sgt. William Heller's
World War II Memoirs
3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Gorton, Robert W., USNR||15 June 1943 - 1944|
|02||LT. Asche, Abraham J., USNR||1944 - 21 December 1945|
|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
USS LST-174 Picasa Web Album by John H. Rooney
The USS LST Ship Memorial
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 23 May 2014
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