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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 30 September 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge , PA.
  • Launched, 28 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-292, 5 January 1944, LT. Elwyn A. Swanson USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-292 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Decommissioned, 25 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 January 1948, to Hughes Bros., New York, N.Y.
  • USS LST-292 earned one battle star 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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    LST-326 185k USS LST-326, USS LST-292 and USS LST-543 on Omaha Beach, Normandy, circa 1944.
    Photo by Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    Reg Dearborn for his father Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    LST-292 118k Dodge field ambulances unloading wounded troops into the bowels of USS LST-292 at Normandy.
    BuAer photo # 24714. Navy Medicine photo #09-7918-2
    Robert Hurst
    LST-1 88k USS LST-1 (right) and USS LST-292 "high and dry" on the beach as Saint-Michel-en-Greves, on the north shore of the Brittany Peninsula, during supply operations in support of the campaign against German forces at Brest, France, in September 1944. Taken by a SHAEF photographer.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-247120, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-292 83k The wreck of the ex-USS LST-292 grounded at Rodanthe, North Carolina, Outer Banks. After being sold for scrapping, ex-USS LST-292 and ex-USS LST-471 were being towed together off the East Coast when their tow line parted during a storm. Both LSTs beached near Rodanthe and were deemed unsalvageable. LST-292 was partially scrapped on site until the sea took her into deeper water. Photo was taken by Emmett L. Baxter sometime between 1951 and 1953. William L. Baxter

    USS LST-292
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Swanson, Elwyn A., USNR5 January 1944 - September 1945
    02LCDR. DeWoody, Ralph C., USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Denton, Gerald D., USNRDecember 1945 - 25 January 1946
    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
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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