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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

USS LST-204 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 July 1942 at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca IL;
  • Launched, 3 April 1943;
  • Commissioned USS LST-204, 27 April 1943, LT Arthur I. Roberts, USCG, in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-204 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Seven;
    LST Group Twenty-One
    LST Division Forty-Two and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 30 December 1943 to 3 January 1944,
    2 to 9, 11 to 14, 15 to 17, 19 to 21 January , 28 January to 1 February,
    7 to 10, 12 to 14 and 25 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 27 October and 14 to 29 November 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Finschhafen occupation, 22 and 23 September 1943
    Saidor occupation, 15 to 17, 18 to 21 January and 12 to 14 February 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 6 to 18 January 1945
    Western New Guinea operation
    Biak Island operation, 9 to 14 and 15 to 20 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 2 to 7 and 10 to 15 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 31 July, 6, 8 to 14 and 16 to 22 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippine Islands
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 13 March and 17 to 23 April 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 28 April and 9 to 14 May 1944  

  • Decommissioned, 23 February 1946;
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LST-204 earned seven battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold to New Orleans Shipwrecking Corp., Chicago, IL., 8 October 1947, for scrapping
    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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    415k USS LST-204 under heavy Japanese air attack after pulling away from the Cape Gloucester landing beaches between 1435 and 1450 hours, 16 December 1943. This bomb missed the starboard side mid-ships by 75 feet.
    National Archives Identifier 205584237 Local Identifier 26-G-3057, U.S. Coast Guard photo # 3057, taken by Schertzer from USS LST-202
    Ref. LST-204 AA Action Report, N.A. 78309501.
    David Upton
    LST-204 28k USS LST-204 beached at Finschhafen, New Guinea, 22 September 1943 while troops of the Finschhafen Force unload stores from LSTs at the beachhead. Australian War Memorial
    LST-204 271k USS LST-204 (background) beached at Cape Gloucester, New Britain as US Army soldiers struggle to off load a jeep through the surf and sand from USS LST-202, 27 December 1943. Photo from "A Photographic History of World War 2", Colliers, 1946 Dan Wilmes
    LST-202 60k USS LST-202 and USS LST-204 (background) beached at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, while off loading tanks and other equipment, 27 December 1943.
    US Coast Guard photo # 3058, from the collections of the US Coast Guard Historian's Office.
    Mike Green
    LST-204 1094k USS LST-204 and USS LST-202 beached at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 27 December 1943, as a wounded Marine from the 7th Marine Regiment is carried aboard USS LST-204.
    US Army Signal Corps photo #SC 186796, 12 May 1944.
    Dave Kerr
    386k USS LST-204 and two other LSTs approaching Noemfoor Island on the morning of 4 July 1944, as smaller craft ferry supplies to the beach in the background..
    US National Archives Identifier 205586203, a US Coast Guard Photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    David Upton
    389k A DUKW engaged in ferrying supplies to American troops ashore at Noemfoor Island, approaches the ramp of USS LST-204 to take on another load. Only the smaller vessels could approach the island's shallow water reefs. LCT(6)-943 is to the left in the far distance, July-August 1944.
    US National Archives Identifier 205586229, Local Identifier 26-G-2606, U.S. Coast Guard Photo # 2606.
    David Upton
    LSM-23 168k USS LST-204 and USS LSM-23 and landing craft landing cargo at Leyte, 20 October 1944.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-59509 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-204 32k USS LST-204 beached at Samar, Philippine Island, date unknown Harold Hansen
    via his son Peter Hansen

    USS LST-204
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Roberts, Arthur I. USCG27 April 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Radke, Charles W. USCG1944 - 5 January 1945
    03LT. Irvin, Richard D. USCGR5 January 1945 - 5 January 1945
    Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    History of LST Flotilla Seven
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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