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USS LST-176 (1943 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Juliet - Bravo

USS LST-176 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 January 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 15 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-176, 12 May 1943, LT. J. S. Salt, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-176 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • US Coast Guard relieved of command of USS LST-176, 3 November 1944, re-crewed with US Navy personal
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-176, LT. James H. Egerton USNR, in command, came under the command of
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
    LST Group One Hundred Four, CDR. D. Stubbs USN (25);
    LST Division Two Hundred Five
  • Following World War II USS LST-176 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 September 1945 to 25 May 1946
  • Decommissioned, 6 January 1946, and transferred to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q002, operated with a Japanese civilian crew
  • Returned to United States Navy control, 31 March 1952
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS T-LST-176
  • Participated in operation "Passage to Freedom" the evacuation of refugees from Haiphong to Saigon in December 1954
  • Placed our of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1973.
  • USS LST-176 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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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    USS LST-176
    LST-176 58k USS T-LST-176 moored pierside, probably 1944 before deploying for the Invasion of Normandy. Tommy Trampp
    USNS T-LST-176
    LST-176 118k USNS T-LST-176 moored at the PBR base at Ben Luc on the Vam Co Dong River in the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, circa 1968-69 Photo by Steve Wagner

    USS LST-176
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Salt, J. S., USCGR12 May 1943 - 3 December 1944
    02LTjg. Edgerton, James H., USNR3 December 1944 - ?
    03LTjg. Geoghan Jr., William F., USNR1945 - 6 January 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-176

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