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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 (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 9 February 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.;
Launched, 1 August 1943;
Commissioned USS LST-272, 17 September 1943, LT. J. H. Parsons, in command
During World War II USS LST-272 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Decommissioned, 16 August 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
USS LST-272 earned five battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 April 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 February to 2 March 1944
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, September and October 1944
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
|Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944
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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||USS LST-272 beached, date and place unknown.
||LST Home Port Web Site
||USS LST-272 high and dry on a reef at Ellice Island, 1945
||LST Home Port Web Site
||USS LST-42 and USS LST-272 beached, date and location unknown. A bulldozer is creating landing ramps to off load equipment from the two LSTs.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1945 issue.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
|01||LT. Parsons, J. H.||17 September 1943 - 7 October 1943|
|02||LT. McLeod, D. R.||7 October 1943 - 21 October 1943|
|03||LT. Tracy, Vern Willard, USN||21 October 1943 - 27.10.1943|
|04||LT. Dore, John F., USNR||27 October 1943 - 11 March 1945|
|05||LT. Ismond, Marshall T., USNR||11 March 1945 - December 1945|
|06||LT. Barr, Clarence J., USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|07||LTjg. Payne, Donald M., USNR||March 1946 - 16 August 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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