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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Yankee - Delta
USS LST-175 was initially manned by the US Coast Guard until completing a crew swap on 25 August 1943
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 6 January 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 18 April 1943
Commissioned USS LST-175, 18 May 1943, at Algiers, LA., LT. C. A. Gramer, USCGR, in command
25 August 1943 the officers and crew of USS LST-326 exchanged places with the Coast Guard officers and crew of USS LST-175 and she became a Navy-manned vessel
During World War II, USS LST-175 served in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 1 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 December 1947, to Southern Shipwrecking Co., New Orleans, LA.
USS LST-175 earned one battle star for World War II service
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
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-175 at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Coast Guard photo from the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
||USS LST-175 center and HMS LST-162 to the left plus a number of unidentified landing craft beached while unloading Canadian light armor during a rehearsal for the invasion of Normandy, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-175 unloading a lorry on the Normandy beaches, 7 June 1944. Note barrage balloon overhead and unidentified LST hight and dry.
Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Hampton, J.A. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 23949)
||USS LST-175 beached at La Harve France, circa
||Suzanne Shane Trott for her father Edward Eppright Shane GM1/c, USNR USS LST-175
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Gramer, C. A., USCGR||18 May 1943 - 23 June 1943 |
|02||LT. Saussy, John C., USCGR||23 June 1943 - 25 August 1943|
|03||LT. Fitzgerald, Edmond J., USNR||25 August 1943 - January 1945 |
|04||LT. Mahal, Joseph, USNR||January 1945 - 1 March 1946|
|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
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-175
Last Updated 5 August 2016
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