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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (28 April 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
USS LST-289 transferred to the Royal Navy in November 1944 for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 14 September 1943, at the American Bridge Co., Ambridge, MA.
Launched, 21 November 1943
Commissioned USS LST 289, 31 December 1943, LT. Harry A. Mettler, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-289 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
Severely damaged by a German E-Boat torpedo attack off Slapton Sands, England, 28 April 1944, during Operation Tiger, the rehearsal for the Normandy invasion
Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 9 December 1944
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-289, 30 November 1944
De-equipped and mudberthed at Sandacre Bay, 30 July 1946
Paid off and returned to US Navy custody, 12 October 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 30 January 1947 to the Netherlands as MV Fendracht
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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||Close-up side view of USS LST-289 arriving in Dartmouth Harbor, England, after being torpedoed in the stern by German MTBs
during an invasion rehearsal off Slapton Sands, England, on 28 April 1944.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-K-2055, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-289 enters Dartmouth Harbor, England, after being torpedoed by German MTBs during invasion rehearsal operations off
Slapton Sands, England, 28 April 1944. Note LCVPs.
US National Archives, Photo # 80-G-283501, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-289 moored Dartmouth Harbor, England, showing damage to her stern from being torpedoed by a German E-Boat during "Operation Tiger", April 28, 1944 against Slapton Sands, England
||Close up view of the damage to LST-289 caused by the German E-Boat attack, 28 April 1944 off Slapton Sands.
||USS LST-289 beached at Normandy in summer 1944.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Mettler, Harry A., USNR||31 December 1943 - 10 September 1944|
|02||LT. Wilkes, Johnie Jackson, USN||10 September 1944 - March 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
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