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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Echo - Zulu
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 (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 24 February 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
Launched, 8 August 1943
Commissioned USS LST-273, 24 September 1943, LTjg. John F. James Jr., USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-273 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (22);
LST Group Thirty-Eight, LCDR. M.F. Stiling USNR;
LST Division Seventy-Five and participated in the following campaigns:
|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 to 23 February 1944
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September 14 October 1944
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1955
Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
|Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 15 April 1945
Following World War II LST-273 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 22 to 29 October 1945
Decommissioned, 13 August 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 November 1947, to Hugo Neu Steel Products Corp., New York, N.Y.
USS LST-273 earned six 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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||LST 273 launch and the christening party. John McComb, Georgina McComb, William McComb and Julia McComb.
Julia christened the ship. William McComb was manager of American Bridge Co’s. works in PA.
||USS LST-273 off Saipan, 16 June 1944.
||Bill Brinkley, National Archives Tape No. NPC-114-4435.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|01||LTjg. James Jr., John F., USNR||24 September 1943 - 19 June 1944|
|02||LTjg. Alpert, Arthur M., USNR (temporary)||19 June 1944 - 2 July 1944|
|03||LT. Harrison, Richard W., USNR||2 July 1944 - November 1945|
|04||LTjg. Guedry Jr., F. E., USNR||November 1945 - June 1946|
|05||LTjg. Reardon, Francis J., USNR||June 1946 - 13 August 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Last updated 5 August 2016
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