Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

USS LST-208


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Golf - Oscar
NFGO
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 11 May 1943
  • Placed in partial commission as USS LST-208, 8 June 1943, LT. Robert W. Emmons, USNR, in command
  • Placed in full commission as USS LST-208, 17 June 1943, LT. Robert W. Emmons, USNR, in command
  • The officers and crews of USS LST-208 and USS LST-349 exchanged ships at Bizerte, 25 August 1943
  • During World War II USS LST-208 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participating in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Invasion of Borneo (British - Operation Ratchet)
    Regu Creek, Arakan, Burma landing, 7 December 1943
    Invasion of Italy (British - Operation Slapstick)
    Taranto landing, 16 to 30 September 1943
     

  • When assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-208 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
    LST Group One Hundred Four, CDR. D. Stubbs USN (25);
    LST Division Two Hundred Five
  • Following World War II USS LST-208 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 2 September to 16 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold to Bosey, Philippines, 5 December 1947, fate unknown
  • USS LST-208 earned three 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

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    By
    LST-349 101k USS LST-208 officers. This group of officers were originally assigned to USS LST-349 and transferred to USS LST-208 at Bizerte, 25 August 1943. Top row, Left to Right; Kranich, First Lieutenant, Search, Communications, Hughes, Supply, (payroll), unknown, Rittenhouse, Executive Officer. Bottom row, left to right; unknown, Bixler, Engineering, George Wolhuter, Gunnery, Stewart, Supply. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-165 1010k USS LST-208 and HM LST-165 high and dry in the background as British troops work to removed several disabled tanks at the Normandy beachhead, circa June 1944. Dale Osborne for his father Albert John Osborne HM-165
    LST-208 33k USS LST-208 underway in the Suez Canal enroute to Calcutta, India to load "General Lee" tanks prior to taking part in Operation Ratchet, the British landing at Regu Creek, Arakan, Burma, circa November 1943. Charles Hagerty, SM2/c USS LST-208
    LST-208 56k USS LST-208 underway in the Suez Canal enroute to Calcutta, India to load "General Lee" tanks prior to taking part in "Operation Ratchet," the British landing at Regu Creek, Arakan, Burma, circa November 1943. Charles Hagerty, SM2/c USS LST-208
    LST-349 133k A group USS LST-208 crew members enjoying R&R in Egypt while on their way back to the Mediterranean area after "Operation Ratchet" in Burma. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 45k USS LST-208 Deck Force Petty Officers: Top row L to R; Willis Cox., Kovach BM 2/c, Fraser Cox. Bottom row L to R; Ball Cox., Barbara BM 2/c, Freeman Cox., Banks BM 1/c and Div. PO date and location unknown. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 186k USS LST-208 Deck Force, date and location unknown. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 92k USS LST-208 forward 40mm AA gun mount - Gunnery practice in the English Channel, May 1944. Crew - top Left to Right - R. Ruff & G. Guyll - bottom Left to Right - R. Ellis & C Barbare. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 67k USS LST-208 port side wheelhouse deck 20mm AA gun mount and crew. Loader William Fraser, pointer J. Kovach, talker-elevator L. Foster. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 117k USS LST-208 Gunnery Officer and Gunner's Mates Left to Right - Felix Faderbie, John White, Gunnery Officer Geo. Wolhuter, Lester Hogan, Red Dodge. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 119k USS LST-208 Port side .50 caliber machine gun. (.50 cal machine guns were not standard armament for LSTs.) Gunnery Officer George Wolhuter procured two at an Army Depot and had them mounted one each port and starboard amidships. He said they couldn’t do much damage to German aircraft during strafing and bombings, but he did feel that with the heavy barrage coming up from the 208 the German pilots would shy away from the ship William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 99k USS LST-208 Starboard side .50 caliber machine gun. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 98k USS LST-208 weighing anchor in Wales, date unknown. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 184k CBM Whitfield supervising the loading of the main deck prior to D- Day: note stretchers on the side walls. USS LST-208 took wounded back to England during the early days of the invasion. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 89k USS LST-208 underway while enroute to the Normandy beachhead with a fully loaded deck, date unknown. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 89k USS LST-208 approaching the Normandy beachhead , date unknown. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 60k USS LST-208 putting remnants of the British 8th Army ashore on Gold Beach, during the Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 65k The scene at Omaha Beach when USS LST-208 returned to make her second landing at Normandy, June 1944. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 48k USS LST-208 off loading British tanks on the beach at Normandy, date unknown. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 52k USS LST-208 on the beach at Normandy, date unknown. William Fraser USS LST-208 Dennis Painter for his Father-in-Law John S. White USS LST-208
    LST-208 61k USS LST-208 stern view as she sits high and dry on the beach at Normandy, date unknown. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 74k USS LST-208 beached at Normandy, circa June 1944. From left to right: LTjg. Bixler Engineering Officer.; LTjg. Kranich, First Lieutenant; LT. Strickland, Commanding Officer. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 35k USS LST-208 underway, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-208 50k USS LST-208 at anchor, showing damage to her port side after colliding with a Liberty ship in the English Channel during the third week of July 1944. LST-208 was returning from her fourteenth cross channel voyage when she was hit by the Liberty Ship which struck her empty port side troop compartment requiring the ship to be drydocked for repairs. (See description of the collision and aftermath as told by William Fraser USS LST-208) Dennis Painter for his Father-in-Law John S. White USS LST-208
    and William Fraser USS LST-208 for the photo caption information
    LST-208 79k USS LST-208 close-up view of port side damage after collision with a Liberty ship in the English Channel during the third week in July 1944. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 79k USS LST-208 close-up view of port side damage after collision with a Liberty ship in the English Channel during the third week in July 1944. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 261k USS LST-208 control group, September 1944. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 269k USS LST-208 and USS LST-959 moored in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 29 December 1945. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 147k USS LST-208 moored in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 29 December 1945. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 84k USS LST-208 swim call, date and location unknown. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-208 457k USS LST-208 loading horses on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, 25 February 1946, for transportation up the coast to Chin Whang Tao. Several LSTs under the command of Rear Admiral Bertram J. Rodgers had been converted to carry horses in China. The officer in the overseas cap is LTjg. Robert Crozier.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-373292, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Photo - National Museum of the US Navy
    Caption - Bill Fraser

    USS LST-208
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Emmons, Robert W.8 June 1943 - 25 August 1943 
    02LT. Strickland, Aubrey25 August 1943 - 4 March 1945crew exchange with LST349
    03LT. Burke, Edmund H.4 March 1945 - 12 June 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
    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Tank Landing Ship (LST) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 5 February 2016