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USS LST-275


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Zulu - Charlie
NYZC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 April 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 22 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-275, 5 October 1943, LT. J. P. Dunlavey, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-275 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J. G. Sampson USN (22);
    LST Group Thirty-Nine, CDR. B. T. Zelenka USN (24);
    LST Division Seventy-Seven and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 10 August 1944
    Capture and occupation of Tinian, 24 July to 10 August 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-130 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 1 to 26 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 16 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 April 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
  • USS LST-275 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    LST-275 120k USS LST-275 beached, date and location unknown. Mary Walsh or her husband Jim Walsh USS LST-275
    LST-275 100k USS LST-275 entering San Francisco Bay, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge as she returns from sea, circa 1945-46
    US Navy photo # NH 83631, courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS LST-275
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Dunlavey, J. P., USNR5 October 1943 - 14 July 1945
    02LT. Rudolph, R. P., USNR14 July 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Gay Hobart H., USNRMarch 1946 - 16 August 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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