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USS LST-177


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - November - Charlie
NZNC
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-177 was transferred to France and named RFS Laita (K05) later (L9001)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 5 February 1943, at the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 16 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST 177, 22 June 1943, LT. Samuel H. P. Read Jr., USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-177 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, 17 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Transferred, 13 March 1947, to France as a sale
  • Commissioned into the French Navy as RFS Laita (K05), later (L9001)
  • Decommissioned in January 1962 and converted to a port depot ship
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-177 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 6
    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
    Propulsion
    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-177 677k USS LST-177 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Del Morris for his father Leon Morris USS LST-177
    LST-177 432k USS LST-177 officers listed on back of photo: "Back row left to right; Struber, Taylor, Jones. Front row; Norton, Dubinski, Leon Morriss, Coppinger. Kneeling; Compton. Missing; Jackson, Swart, Fisher, Bushey," date and location unknown. Del Morris for his father Leon Morris USS LST-177
    LST-177 811k USS LST-177 crew photo, date and location unknown. Del Morris for his father Leon Morris USS LST-177
    LST-177 354k USS LST-177 moored pierside at Marseille, France, New Years Day, 1 January 1945. Del Morris for his father Leon Morris USS LST-177
    LST-177 488k USS LST-177 moored pierside at Marseille, France, New Years Day, 1 January 1945. Del Morris for his father Leon Morris USS LST-177
    LST-177 296k USS LST-177 with deck cargo of trucks. Photo is labeled "Camouflage on main deck ferry of Canadian troops - Feb 1945." Del Morris for his father Leon Morris USS LST-177
    LST-177 119k USS LST-177 and LST-656 beached, probably in southern France, August or September 1944. Kevin Harris
    LST-177 70k USS LST-177 crew inspection while at Palermo, Italy, date unknown. Del Morris for his father Leon Morris USS LST-177
    LST-177 69k USS LST-177 beached at Salerno, Italy, date unknown. Del Morris for his father Leon Morris USS LST-177
    LST-177 57k USS LST-177 beached date and location unknown. Gerd Metthes
    LST-177 91k USS LST-177 drydocked, date and location unknown. Arthur Neal for his father Lacy Neal SC/3 USS LST-177

    Casual Snapshots of USS LST-177 Crew Members
    Contributed by Arthur Neal for his father Lacy Neal SC/3 USS LST-177
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    LST-177 LST-177 LST-177 LST-177 LST-177
    LST-177 LST-177 LST-177 LST-177 LST-177

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    RFS Laita (K05) (L9001)
    LST-177 23k RFS Laita ship's crest. André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    LST-177 69k French sailors assigned to the commissioning crew of RFS Laita (K05), circa March 1947, location unknown. Arthur Neal for his father Lacy Neal SC/3 USS LST-177
    LST-177 43k Ex-USS LST-177 in the Republic of France service as RFS Laita (K05) underway, circa 1949, place unknown. Robert Hurst
    LST-177 76k RFS Laita (K05), partial crew photo, 20 July 1950, place unknown. André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    LST-177 60k RFS Laita (L9001) on the beach at Frejús, France, 15 August 1954, the tenth anniversary of the landing in Provence, Southern France. Photo published in the newspaper french Navy : "Cols Bleus" and provided by R. de Renty. André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    LST-177 93k RFS Laita (L9001) underway, circa May 1968 in the harbor at Bôner, Algéria. André Pilon RFS Golo for Robert Badier enseigne de vaisseau, RFS Cheliff

    USS LST-177
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Read Jr., Samuel Henry Palmer, USN22 June 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Dodson, Cleo W., USNR1944 - 1945
    03LTjg. Compton, D. E., USN1945 - 17 February 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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