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USS LST-202


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Echo - Yankee
NZEY
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)



USS LST-202 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 July 1942 at the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL;
  • Launched, 16 March 1943;
  • Commissioned USS LST 202, 9 April 1943, LT Benjamin Ayesa, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-202 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Seven;
    LST Group Twenty-One;
    LST Division Forty-Two and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck-Archipelago operations
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 30 December 1943, 3 to 7, 11 to 14, 23 to 27 January, 15 to 10, 21 to 25 February 1944
    Admiralty Islands landings, 29February to 4 March and 7 to 11 March 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi operation, 17 to 18, 21 to 23 May 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 9 to 14 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 2, 4 to 10, 12 to 18, 20 to 26 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Saidor operations, 15 to 17, 19 to 21 January, 4 to 7 February 1944
    Leyte operation;
    Leyte landings, 13 to 27 October 14 to 29 November 1944
    Hollandia operations, 21 to 28 April, 1 to 7, 9 to 14 May 1944  

  • Following World War II USS LST-202 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 October to 3 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 11 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., Seattle, WA, 16 April 1948 for scrapping;
  • USS LST-202 earned five 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 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
    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-204 271k USS LST-204 (background) beached at Cape Gloucester, New Britain as US Army soldiers struggle to off load a jeep through the surf and sand from USS LST-202, 27 December 1943. Photo from "A Photographic History of World War 2", Colliers, 1946 Dan Wilmes
    LST-202 60k USS LST-202 and USS LST-204 (background) beached at New Britain, while off loading tanks and other equipment, 27 December 1943.
    US Coast Guard photo # 3058, from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-204 1094k USS LST-202 (background) and USS LST-204 beached at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 27 December 1943, as a wound Marine from the 7th Marine Regiment is carried aboard USS LST-204.
    US Army Signal Corps photo #SC 186796, 12 May 1944.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-202 98k US Army troops wading ashore from USS LST-202 on the beach at Cape Gloucester, New Britain in January 1944. Ron Reeves
    LST-466 965k LSTs, including USS LST-466 and USS LST-202, lined up on the beach at Cape Sudest, New Guinea, awaiting loading for the Admiralty Islands action, 12 March 1944.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 271517, Box 504, a US Army Signal Corps photo, by T/4 Henry C. Manger, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-202 80k USS LST-202 under attack, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo from the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-202 1112k A staff conference aboard USS LST-202 while enroute to the Vogelkop Peninsula at Dutch New Guinea. CDR. R.S. Malven USNR, General Headquarters Observer, BGEN Charles E. Hurtis, CG 6th Div Artillery, COL. Charles H. Swartz, Field Artillery executive officer, 6th Div Artillery, LCDR Thomas N. Kelley, USCGR, CO LST-202, 30 July 1944.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 261034, a US Army Signal Corps. photo by LT. Schuman, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-202 953k Invasion task force as seen from USS LST-202 in Maffin Bay, Dutch New Guinea, 30 July 1944.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 261039, a US Army Signal Corps. photo by, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-202 848k Various vehicles; Buffaloes, Ducks, Tractors, and a truck carrying a Piper Cub plane are put ashore from USS LST-202 on Red Beach, at Cape Opmarai, Dutch New Guinea, 30 July 1944.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 261053, a US Army Signal Corps. photo by LT. Schuman, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-202 953k American troops land on Red beach as USS LST-202 and two other LSTs unloads during invasion at Cape Opmarai, Dutch New Guinea, 30 July 1944.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 261037, a US Army Signal Corps. photo by PFC Wilbur Goen, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-18/202.245 61k USS LST-18, USS LST-245, and USS LST-202 landing troops and material on the beach at Leyte, P.I., D-Day 20 October 1944.
    US Navy photo
    Scott at LBS Products
    LST-18/202 79k From left to right USS LST-67, USS LST-66, USS LST-18, USS LST-245, and USS LST-202 landing troops and material on the beach at Leyte, P.I., D-Day 20 October 1944.
    from the US Coast Guard Magazine "The Coast Guard and the Pacific War".
    Don Leal USS LST 67 & USS LST 19
    LST-202 96k USS LST-202 crew photo, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    US Coast Guard web site

    USS LST-202
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ayesa, Benjamin, USCGR9 April 1943 - ?
    02LT. Edge, R.R., USCGRno dates
    03LCDR. Kelley, Thomas N., USCGRno dates
    04LT. Gaillard, USCGRno dates
    05LT. Elliot, R. B., USCGR? - 11 April 1946
    Courtesy US Coast Guard Historian's Office

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-202
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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