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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

USS LST-175 was initially manned by the US Coast Guard until completing a crew swap on 25 August 1943

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 January 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 18 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-175, 18 May 1943, at Algiers, LA., LT. C. A. Gramer, USCGR, in command
  • 25 August 1943 the officers and crew of USS LST-326 exchanged places with the Coast Guard officers and crew of USS LST-175 and she became a Navy-manned vessel
  • During World War II, USS LST-175 served in 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
  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • USS LST-175 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 December 1947, to Southern Shipwrecking Co., New Orleans, LA.
    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 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
    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-175 49k USS LST-175 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo from the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-162 116k USS LST-175 center and HMS LST-162 to the left plus a number of unidentified landing craft beached while unloading Canadian light armor during a rehearsal for the invasion of Normandy, date and location unknown. Ed Storey
    LST-162 78k
    LST-175 37k
    LST-175 66k USS LST-175 unloading a lorry on the Normandy beaches, 7 June 1944. Note barrage balloon overhead and unidentified LST high and dry.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Hampton, J.A. (Lt), Photo No. IWM (A 23949)
    Mike Green
    LST-175 30k USS LST-175 beached at Le Havre France, circa 1944. Suzanne Shane Trott for her father Edward Eppright Shane GM1/c, USNR USS LST-175
    LST-175 37k

    USS LST-175
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gramer, C. A., USCGR18 May 1943 - 23 June 1943
    02LT. Saussy, John C., USCGR23 June 1943 - 25 August 1943
    03LT. Fitzgerald, Edmond J., USNR25 August 1943 - January 1945
    04LT. Mahal, Joseph, USNRJanuary 1945 - 1 March 1946
    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

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