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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 January 1943, at the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 21 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST 174, 15 June 1943, LT. Robert W. Gorton, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-174 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following actions/campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS-36, 1 April 1944 Invasion of southern France, 15 to 16 August 1944

  • Decommissioned, 21 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • USS LST-174 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 30 January 1947 to Ming-Sung Industrial Co., Ltd., of Shanghai, China, and converted for merchant service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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 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-174 39k USS LST-174 heading downstream on the Mississippi River after leaving her builders yard at Evansville, IN, after completion in June 1943.  
    LST-174 71k Crew of USS LST-174 date and location unknown. John H. Rooney, Jr.
    LST-174 294k Invasion of Southern France. LSTs loading for the invasion, at Bagnoli, Italy, 8 August 1944. They include:
    USS LST-76;
    USS LST-286 and
    USS LST-174 among others. Note LCS(S)(2) on bow davits of LST-286 and LCVPs carried by other LSTs.
    US National Archives Photo # SC 192702 a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-174 1592k Men and equipment of the 3rd Div. are lined up to embark on waiting LSTS including, USS LST-174, for the invasion of southern France at Bagnoli, Italy, 8 August 1944.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 193360, Box 225, a US Army Signal Corps photo by Lapidus, 163 Signal Photo Company, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-74 171k USS LST-526, USS LST-140, USS LST-74 and USS LST-174 loading for the invasion of southern France, at Naples, Italy in August 1944 Rich Heller
    Sgt. William Heller's
    World War II Memoirs
    3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army

    USS LST-174
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gorton, Robert Wallace, USNR15 June 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Asche, Abraham J., USNR1944 - 21 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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