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USS LST-207


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Mike - Charlie
NFMC
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 - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)



USS LST-207 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 29 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-207, 9 June 1943, LT. B. L. Raymond, in command
  • During World War II LST-207 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. G.B. Carter, USN;
    LST Group Fifteen, CDR. V. K. Busck, USN;
    LST Division Twenty-Nine and
    LST Flotilla Three, CDR. A. A. Ageton, USN (21);
    LST Group Seven, LCDR. E. B. Garrigues, USNR;
    LST Division Fourteenand participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Treasury Islands-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 6 and 17 November 1943
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landing, 20 October 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operations;
    Green Islands landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation;
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 10 May 1945
    Marianas operations
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 28 July 1944
     

  • Following the war USS LST-207 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 5 October to 15 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 March 1946, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 December 1947, to Ships and Power Equipment Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • USS LST-207 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-207 64k USS LST-207 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo from the US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Arthur R Hillier USS LST-207

    USS LST-207
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Raymond, B. L.9 June 1943 - October 1943
    02LT. Ingalls, Howard S., USCGROctober 1943 - 1 September 1944
    03LTjg. Salter, John C., USCG1 September 1944 - 25.December 1944
    04LTjg. Lockhart, Andrew R., USCGR25 December 1944 - 2 March 1945
    05LT. O'Neil, Thomas F., USCG2 March 1945 - June 1945
    06LTjg. Lewis, Leonard A., USCGR (acting)June 1945 - 15 August 1945
    07LT. Charles, Roy R., USCG15 August 1945 - 20 March 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-207

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