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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-327 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 November 1942, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia PA.
  • Launched, 11 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST 327, 5 March 1943, LT. Paul A. Ortman,USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-327 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    European-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African operation
    Tunisian operations, July 1943
    West Coast of Italy operations-1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, January to March 1944
    Sicilian occupation, July 1943 Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
    Salerno landings, September 1943  

  • On 27 August 1944, USS LST-327 was severely damaged by an enemy mine in the English Channel
  • Decommissioned, 19 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 September 1948, to Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, PA.
  • USS LST-327 earned five battle stars foe 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
    9 officers
    120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers
    131 enlisted
    Boats 6 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 327 27k USS LST-327 beached at Palermo Sicily, 1943 LST 327 web site
    LST 327 32k USS LST-327 beached at Palermo Sicily, 1943 LST 327 web site
    LST 327 21k USS beached at Normandy circa June-August 1944 LST 327 web site

    USS LST-327
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ortman, Paul A., USCG5 March 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Gilleran, Clarence J., USCG1944 - February 1945
    03LT. Volton, A., USCGFebruary 1945 -19 November 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
    The USS LST 327 USN and USCG Web Site
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-327
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