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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) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Personal Awards

Purple Hearts (2 KIA, 21 October 1944)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 28 December 1942, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 4 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-269, 27 August 1943, LT. V. T. Finch, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-269 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 Thirty and
    LST Flotilla Three, CDR. A.A. Ageton, USN (23);
    LST Group Eight;
    LST Division Fifteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 28 April 1944 Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20-21 October 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Nasugbu, 31 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-269 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    25 October to 8 December 1945
    30 December 1945 to 7 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 7 February 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP) redesignated Q047
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 December 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 28 May 1948
  • USS LST-269 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
    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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    10,728k From right to left; USS LST-269, USS LST-486, USS LST-270, USS LST-704 and USS LST-117 and three unidentified LSTs (all of LST Flotilla Three) spread along (from the left) Orange Two, Orange One, Blue Two, Blue One beaches of the initial landings on Leyte Island, Philippines. The date is 21 October 1944 between 0914 and 1051 hours. Within the next few hours the Japanese would rain down mortar and artillery fire onto these beaches.hitting LST-486 on main deck between frames 14 and 15, no casualties; LST-269 received two direct mortar hits killing two and wounding three; LST-704 received seven direct hits by mortar and artillery causing much damage and killing two, and wounding twenty-three with two dying later.
    Ref. LST-704 War Diary and COMLSTFLOT3 War Diary, U.S. Army Signal Corps Photo 254880 now in the collections of the US National Archives, Local ID 111-SCA-2857. National Archives ID 80662621.
    David Upton

    USS LST-269
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LT. Helm, Frank C., USNR (Ferry Command)August 1943 - 27 August 1943
    01LT. Finch, Vergen T., USNR27 August 1943 - 10 September 1944
    02LT. Wilkes, Johnnie Jackson, USN10 September 1944 - March 1945
    03LT. Rutherford, Donald G., USNRMarch 1945 - May 1945
    04LT. Dunn, Theodore C., USNRMay 1945 - 7 February 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
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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