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Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Acton and Dates||Campaign and Dates|
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 under way, 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.
|64k||USS LST-263 beached at Civitavecchia, Italy. LST-263 was the first LST to arrive at the Italian port, forty miles northwest of
Rome in June, 1944. The Royal Navy port clearance officers have cleared a path through 46 ship wrecks in the harbor and have to guide landing craft to their
designated landing areas.
Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Roper, F.G. (Lt), Photo No. © IWM (A 24320)
|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|
|77k||Ex-USS LST-263 in service as TNT Trailer Ferry Inc., barge TNT Puerto Rico offloading trailers,
date and location unknown.
Photo by Hamilton Wright.
|01||LT. Russell, Lawrence B., USNR||30 June 1943 - 18 June 1944|
|02||LT. Austin, Alfred, J., USNR||18 June 1944 - 15 September 1945|
|03||LTjg. Fidler, Harold Joseph, USN||15 September 1945 - 29 May 1946|
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