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11 to 12 April 1944
|Invasion of Southern France 15 August 25 September 1944
From the Unit History of the 214th AAA Bn, Sept. 1944.
2 September 1944, Batteries alerted for loading on to LSTs at Ajaccio, Corsica, A & B Batteries on LST-263. Left docks about 1530 and sailed from the harbor at 1800. CO and. S-3, 406th AAA Gun Bn saw us off. Fresh meat for supper.
3 September 1944, Sea journey to St. Tropez, France. windy and rough. Anchored in harbor about 2030.
4 September 1944, Debarking took place at Delta beach, approximately 3 miles west of St. Tropez, from 0800 to 1245
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|1124k||USS LST-263 underway, 19 October 1943, location unknown.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-411655 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|72k||USS LST-263 landing US Army replacement troops on the beach in southern France, after the invasion.||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret|
|83k||USS LST-263 at anchor in Naples Bay, Italy as part of the assault group.||Robert Rutter, photo by his grandfather CAPT. Anthony Kohout Jr. CO USS LST-77|
|334k||USS LST-263 moored pierside at Palermo, Sicily, circa late-1944 to early 1945.||Douglas K. Fidler, Captain, USAF-Retired, in honor of his father, LCDR. Harold J. Fidler USN (Ret), CO USS LST-263|
|605k||USS LST-263 ship and group staff officers, August 1944, Palermo, Sicily:
Front Sitting (l - r) Ensign Bradford, LT(jg) Reynolds, LT Barnett, LT CDR Russel, LT J. Alfred Austin (CO), Ensign Griffin, LT T.C. McMillen, LT(jg) Benjamin J. Petrusek (CAPT, USN-Ret)
Back Row Standing (l-r) LT(jg) Sparks, LT(jg) New, LT E. Hower, LT(jg) Rothblith, LT(jg) Almand, Ensign Harold J. Fidler (LCDR, USN-Ret)
|Douglas K. Fidler, Captain, USAF-Retired, in honor of his father, LCDR. Harold J. Fidler USN (Ret), CO USS LST-263|
|372k||USS LST-263 first reunion.||Douglas K. Fidler, Captain, USAF-Retired, in honor of his father, LCDR. Harold J. Fidler USN (Ret), CO USS LST-263|
|01||LTjg. Kohout, Jr., Anthony||30 June 1943 - ?|
|02||LTjg. Petrusek, Benjamin J. :CAPT USN||? - 18 June 1944|
|03||LT. Austin, J. Alfred :CDR USNR||18 June 1944 - 15 September 1945|
|04||LTjg. Fidler, Harold J. :LCDR USN||15 September 1945 - 29 May 1946|
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