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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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-261 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 23 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-261, 22 May 1943, LCDR. L. I. Reilly USCG in command
  • During World War II USS LST-261 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LST Flotilla Seventeen;
    LST Group Fifty-One;
    LST Division One Hundred Two and participated in the following campaign:

    European-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Decommissioned, 22 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 November 1947, to Biloxi Boat Wrecking Co., Biloxi, MS.
  • USS LST-261 earned one battle star for 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
    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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    289k USS LST-261 moored along with USS LSM-338 and USS LCI(L)-47 and two unidentified PT Boats at Jeffersonville Bridge and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN., date unknown. Notice the cut down masts to facility passing under bridge that span the river. Bill Glass
    LST-261 85k USS LST-261 moored along with USS LSM-338 and USS LCI(L)-47 at Jeffersonville Bridge and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN., date unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-261
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Reilly, L. I. USCG22 May 1943 - August 1944
    02LT. Ferguson, Joseph V. USCGRAugust 1944 - October 1944
    03LT. Parrish, William S. USCGROctober 1944 - July 1945
    04LT. Olney, D. G. USCGRJuly 1945 - 22 February 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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