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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Delta - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944, Normandy)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe African Middle Eastern Campaigns Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 12 October 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
Launched, 15 December 1943
Commissioned USS LST-294, 20 January 1944, LT. Edward J. Cantelope, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-294 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
USS LST-294 was in the first wave of LSTs to land on Omaha Beach
Decommissioned, 18 December 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 13 October 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 October 1947, to Luria Bros. and Co., Philadelphia, PA.
USS LST-294 earned one battle star for World War II service
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-294 immediately after launching at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA, 15 December 1943.
||Robert J. Coates for his father Walter F. Coates QM2/c USNR USS LST-310, USS LST-318, USS LST-294
||USS LST-294 high and dry on the beach at Normandy, June 1944.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Cantelope, Edwin James, USN||20 January 1944 - November 1945|
|02||LTjg. Bradshaw, Harold W.,USNR||November 1945 - 18 December 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
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 10 March 2017
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