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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 March 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 15 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-274, 28 September 1943, LT. Russell E. Sard, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-274 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. J.R. Clark;
    LST Group Fourteen, LCDR. K.L. DeForest USNR;
    LST Division Twenty-Eight and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January 8 February 1944
    Marianas operations
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 17 June to 3 July 1944

  • Decommissioned, 6 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 June 1947
  • Sold to Alexander Shipyard, Inc., New Orleans, LA., for conversion to commercial service, 29 June 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-274 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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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    287k Members of the US Army 804th Engineer Aviation Battalion board LSTs, including USS LST-274 and USS LST-277, at Pearl Harbor, T.H., 27 May 1944 prior to departure for the Marianas.
    US National Archives Identifier 193835249, US Army Air Corps photo A63574A now in the collections of the US National Archives
    David Upton
    LST-205 111k USS LST-205 and USS LST-274 beached at Saipan, circa 17 June to 3 July 1944. Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-274
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sard Jr., Russell E., USNR28 September 1943 - 9 October 1944
    02LT. Price, William M., USNR9 October 1944 - November 1945
    03LTjg. Borre Jr., George J., USNRNovember 1945 - March 1946
    04LTjg. Sperline, Meredith E., USNRMarch 1946 - 6 May 1946

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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