USS LST-70

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History
Name: USS LST-70
Builder: Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, Indiana
Laid down: 13 November 1942
Launched: 8 February 1943
Commissioned: 28 May 1943
Decommissioned: 1 April 1946
Struck: 1 May 1946
Honours and
awards:
5 battle stars (WWII)
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1 July 1946
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement:
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded:
  • Bow: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m)
  • Stern: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
  • Loaded :
  • Bow: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
  • Stern: 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m)
Depth: 8 ft (2.4 m) forward, 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: 2 General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Two or six LCVPs
Troops: 14-16 officers, 131-147 enlisted men
Complement: 7-9 officers, 104-120 enlisted men
Armament:
  • 2 × twin 40 mm gun mounts w/Mk.51 directors
  • 4 × single 40 mm gun mounts
  • 12 × single 20 mm gun mounts

USS LST-70 was an LST-1-class tank landing ship in the United States Navy. Like many of her class, she was not named and is properly referred to by her hull designation. LST-70 was manned by a United States Coast Guard crew throughout the war.

LST-70 was laid down on 13 November 1942 at Jeffersonville, Indiana, by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co.; launched on 8 February 1943; sponsored by Mrs. George R. Bickel; and commissioned on 28 May 1943.

Service history[edit]

During World War II LST-70 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the occupation and defense of Cape Torokina in November 1943, the Green Islands landing in February 1944, the capture and occupation of Guam in July 1944.

LST-70 participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February 1945. In the documentary film To the Shores of Iwo Jima, one of the LCVPs belonging to LST-70 can be seen going ashore at the Battle of Iwo Jima. The boat has PRESS painted on the side of it, and was presumably bringing photographers and reporters ashore.[1]

LST-70 also participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April and May 1945.

Following the war, LST-70 performed occupation duty in the Far East in October and November 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 1 April 1946, and struck from the Naval Register on 1 May 1946. She was sold for scrapping on 1 July 1946 to Arctic Circle Exploration, Inc., of Seattle, Washington.

LST-70 earned five battle stars for World War II service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Marine Corps (1945). To the Shores of Iwo Jima. Event occurs at 4:44. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 

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