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LST-295


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-African Middle Eastern Campaigns Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 October 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 24 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-295, 7 February 1944
  • During World War II LST-295 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 28 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for conversion to merchant service, 12 September 1947, to C. W. Edwards Co., fate unknown
  • LST-295 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 officers, 122 enlisted (1944)
    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
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    LST-295 66k LST-295 off Guernsey during Operation 'Nestegg' with German POWs lining the beach ready to embark back to England, circa May 1945. Robert Hurst

    View the LST-295
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    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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    Last Updated 1 December 2006