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USS LST(H)-276 (1945 - 1952)
USS LST-276 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Delta - 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 (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

USNS T-LST-276 was transferred to the Republic of Singapore
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 May 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 29 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-276, 11 October 1943, LT. Philip J. Bergeaux USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-276 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-Six and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 1 to 6 February 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 28 April 1944 Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Marianas Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 25 July 1944

  • Redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-276, 15 September 1945
  • Following World War II USS LST(H)-276 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    1 November to 10 December 1945
    1 January to 15 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1946
  • Assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q079
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS T-LST-276, 31 March 1952
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1973
  • USS LST-276 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Republic of Singapore in 1973
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    LST-572 223k USNS T-LST-276 and USNS T-LST-572 are tied up a wharf at Inchon, South Korea, circa. 1953. Note the US Army M20 Military Police (MP) armored utility car (left) and a Diamond T model 969A, 4 ton wrecker on the wharf. This photograph is one of a series taken by Australian Mr. Douglas (Doug) Bushby in his capacity as a UN accredited War Correspondent.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. P04641.061
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bergeaux, Philip J., USNR11 October 1943 - 9 November 1944
    02LT. Spalding Jr., William Aaron, USNR9 November 1944 - 1 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    For more photos and information about USS LST-276 see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
  • Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

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