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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 (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 4 March 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 3 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-220, 26 August 1943, LT. Alonzo C. Durham USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-220 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 Seventy-Nine and
    LST Flotilla Three, CDR. A. A. Ageton USN;
    LST Group Seven, LCDR. E. B. Garrigures;
    LST Division Thirteen and participated in the following campaigns

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Green Islands landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 12 August 1944
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 28 April 1944 Leyte operation
    Leyte Landings, 23 October to 16 November 1944

  • Decommissioned in March 1946
  • USS LST-220 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.5 (Target Vessels - Landing Craft Units - LST Group 9 (LST GRU 9) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 29 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 May 1948
  • USS LST-220 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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-220 207k Green Islands Invasion, February, 1944. Heavy equipment belonging to Navy Seabees is loaded on an LST at a Russell Islands Base, in preparation for the Green Islands Operation, February 12, 1944. Ships are (l-r): LCT-330, LCT-370, USS LST-70, USS LST-220 and USS APc-50. Note trucks, Jeeps and Barrage Balloon.
    US National Archives photo # USMC 77989
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-220 125k From far to near; USS LST-470, USS LST-220 and LCT-166 beached at Tanamerah Bay, New Guinea, 22 April 1944.
    US National Archives Record Group 111, Photo #SC 259967. a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    John Chiquoine
    LST-220 148k A DUKW drives down the ramp of USS LST-220, during re-supply operations on the Guam beachhead, July-August 1944. Note USS LST-247 at left.
    US National Archives photo # USMC 87833
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-220 138k USS LST-220 aground at Leyte, circa October-November 1944. Chris Hedlund, Courtesy of J. Warren Wright USS LST-220

    Casual photos of LST-220 Crew members
    Contributed by Maurice R. Evans, for his father Maurice Leroy Evans USS LST-220
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    USS LST-220
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Durham, Alonzo Colbert, USN26 August 1943 - February 1944
    02LT. Goode, Charles Joseph, USNRFebruary 1944 - 1 August 1944
    03LT. Wright, J. W., USNR1 August 1944 - 1 July 1945
    04LT. Smith, D. O.1 July 1945 - 1 August 1945
    05LTjg. O'Brien, Francis Xavier, USNR1 August 1945 - 19 December 1945
    06ENS. Sevier Jr., Cameron, USN (USNA 1945)19 December 1945 - 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
    History of LST Flotilla Seven
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary May 1944
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary July 1944
    USS LST-220 July 1944 War Diary
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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