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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Charlie - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - (retroactive - Anzio) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-African-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Purple Heart (17 KIA at Anzio)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 15 June 1942, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 13 December 1942
Commissioned USS LST-197, 5 February 1943. LT. Thomas S. S. Medford, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-197 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, participating in the following campaigns
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943
||West coast of Italy operations-1944
Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing, 22 January to 1 March 1944
|Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-197 came under the command of
LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
LST Group One Hundred Three, CDR. A L. Warburton USN (24);
LST Division Two Hundred Six
Following World War II USS LST-197 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 September to 2 November 1945
Decommissioned, 5 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 October 1947, to Luria Steel and Trading Co., New York, N.Y.
USS LST-197 earned four 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-197 landing near Gela circa July-August 1943.
Photographs by Major Ivor Manley
||USS LST-197 at Pozzuoli Bay, Port of Nisida in February 1944, after the Anzio operations along with from let to right:
Note: COMFLOTONE commodore's barge near the open doors USS LST-197.
|Submitted by Tim Hummel for his father Roy D. Hummel MoMM2/c USN, USS LCI(L)-9 Flotilla 11 and Stan Galik, for his father Stanley Galik, SC2/c, USS LCI 35, courtesy Guiseppi Peluso
||From left to right:
USS LST-360 and an unidentified LST beached at Ajaccio, Corsica, 25-26 March 1944. The LSTs convoyed from
Naples to Ajaccio carrying US troops, equipment, vehicles and supplies. After offloading the Americans at Ajaccio the LSTs loaded French military personnel and
their equipment and offloaded them at Nisida, Italy. (See attached (War Diary).
Photo originally was owned by US Army Captain Sanner of the 335th Engineer General Service Regiment.
||USS LST-197 going into drydock after Anzio where she was hit by German RR guns and lost 17 men killed in action. The LCI in the foreground is unidentified.
||USS LST-197 and USS LST-61 beached at Normandy after 6 June 1944.
US Navy photo
||USS LST-197 at Omaha Beach, Normandy, D+3, 9 June 1944.
||USS LST-197 off the coast of California in late 1944. Note the causeways secured to her sides.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
| ||LT. Newman, Charles, USN (Ferry Command)||30 January 1943 - 5 February 1943|
|01||LT. Medford, Thomas Stanley Swell, USNR||5 February 1943 - 26 July 1943|
|02||LT. Greeff, Bernard, USNR||26 July 1943 - 1944|
|03||LTjg. Neal, James Elijah, USN||1944 - 1944|
|04||LT. Northcutt, Howard E., USNR||1944 - 1945|
|05||LT. Betz, Merle Eugene, USN||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
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 29 July 2016
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