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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:
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
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
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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||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
||Dodge field ambulances unloading wounded troops into the bowels of USS LST-292 at Normandy.
BuAer photo # 24714. Navy Medicine photo #09-7918-2
||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
||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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Swanson, Elwyn A., USNR||5 January 1944 - September 1945|
|02||LCDR. DeWoody, Ralph C., USNR||September 1945 - December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Denton, Gerald D., USNR||December 1945 - 25 January 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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