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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
USS LST-262 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 7 September 1942, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
Launched, 13 February 1943
Commissioned USS LST-262, 16 June 1943, LT. Herman W. Klotz, USCGR in command
During World War II USS LST-262 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
LST Flotilla Twelve;
LST Group Thirty-Five
LST Division Sixty-Nine and participated in the following action/campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Convoy UGS-36, 1 April 1944
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Decommissioned, 14 January 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 December 1947, to N. Block and Co., Norfolk, VA.
USS LST-262 earned two battle stars for World War II service.
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||LSTs putting cargo ashore on one of the invasion beaches, at low tide during the first days of the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Among identifiable ships present are USS LST-532 (in the center of the view); USS LST-262 (3rd LST from right); USS LST-310 (2nd LST from right); USS LST-533 (partially visible at far right); and USS LST-524. Note barrage balloons overhead and Army "half-track" convoy forming up on the beach.
US Coast Guard photo # 26-G-2517 from the US Coast Guard collection in the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center and
Arthur DeLorenzo MOMM 3/c USS LST 262
||USS LST-262 crew photo on the beach at Normandy in June 1944.
|| Arthur DeLorenzo MOMM 3/c USS LST 262
||USS LST-262 departing the harbor at LeHavre, France, circa 1944.
|| Arthur DeLorenzo MOMM 3/c USS LST 262
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Klotz, Herman W., USCGR||16 June 1943 - 1944|
|02||LT. Hill, Victor M., USCGR||1944|
|03||LTjg. Lawrence, K. V., USCGR||1944 - 1945|
|04||LT. Stoye, F. G., USCGR||1945 - 14 January 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-262
Last Updated 13 June 2014
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