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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 (6)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation- Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

USS LST-206 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 August 1942 at the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 21 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST 206, 7 June 1943, LT Karl A. E. Linquist, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS USS LST-206 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 operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 28 December 1943, 22 to 25 January, 28 January to 1 February, 7 to 10, 19 to 22 February and 25 February to 1 March 1944
    Admiralty Islands landings, 19 to 23 February and 25 February to 1 March 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 to 19, 21 to 23, 26 to 28 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 6 to 10 and 16 to 20 June 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 2, 4 to 19, 12 to 18, 20 to 26 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Saidor occupation, 2 to 4, 5 to 7, 8 to 11 January and 12 to 13 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 23 October and 4 November 1944
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 28 April and 1 to 7 May 1944 Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 3 to 7 July 1945

  • Decommissioned, 6 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 April 1948, to the Bethlehem Steel Co., Seattle, WA.
  • USS USS LST-206 earned six battle stars 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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    LST-181 1332k LSTs, including USS LST-181, USS LST-168, USS LST-206 and USS LST-245 beached at the loading area at Cape Sudest, New Guinea, 12 March 1944.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 271518, Box 504, a US Army Signal Corps photo, by LT E. Commings, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-181 1327k LSTs, including USS LST-206 and USS LST-245 beached at Cape Sudest, New Guinea, 12 March 1944, while loading vehicles destined for Los Negros, Admiralty Islands Group.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 271519, 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-22/LST-206 288k USS LST-206 and LST-22 in the surf at Leyte, as soldiers strip down and build sandbag piers out to the ramps to speed up unloading operations, 23 October 1944.
    US Coast Guard photo now in the collection of the US National Archives.NARA FILE #: 026-G-3738 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 1210
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    LST-206 95k USS LST-206 fully loaded and heading for the invasion beaches, date and location unknown. Michael Whittaker for his father Richard R. Whittaker USCGR USS LST-206
    LST-206 50k LST-206 beached with three unidentified LSTs and LCT-687, date and location unknown. Michael Whittaker for his father Richard R. Whittaker USCGR USS LST-206
    LST-206 60k USS LST-206 beached with an unidentified LST in the background, date and location unknown Michael Whittaker for his father Richard R. Whittaker USCGR USS LST-206
    LST-206 32k USS LST-206 beached at Balikpapan, Borneo, 10 July 1945 while being unloaded at the 7 Division docking area. Earlier unloading was carried out using long pontoons which were not as suitable as this spot inside the harbor. Australian War Memorial

    USS LST-206
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lindquist, Karl A. E., USCGR7 June 1943 - 1943
    02LT. Opperman, C. O., USCG1943 - 11 June 1944
    03LTjg. Daspit Jr., Walter, USCGR11 June 1944 - 1944
    04LT. Robertshaw, Jacob D., USCGR1944 - 1945
    05LT. Regard, S. F., USCG1945 - 6 March 1946
    06LT. Becton, Thomas L., USCG6 March 1946 - 6 May 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

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