||LSM-300 christening ceremony official party at US Navy Yard Charleston, Charleston, S.C., 19 November 1944. OFFICIAL NAVY CAPTION READS "CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan 1 1945 --A Charleston Navy Yard worker's wife and a woman employee of the yard sponsored two landing ships at the christening and commissioning ceremonies at the yard today. [Principal] participants in the ceremonies were (left to right) Mrs Elizabeth Scarborough, of 7-D Cromwell Street, Charleston, a yard sheet metal employee who presented flowers to the sponsor of the LSM 301; Miss Mary Ruth Moore of 180-C Queen street, Charleston, maid-of-honor of the LSM 301; Lieutenant (jg) Leonard D Slutz, of 601 Crown Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, who assumed command of the LSM 301; Mrs William M. Moore of 180 Queen Street Charleston, sponsor of LSM 301; Rear Admiral Jules James, US[N], Commandant of the navy yard and the Sixth Naval District, who presided over the ceremonies; Miss Ethelyn Rast, of 36 Clements Ferry Road, Navy Yard S.C., a personnel clerk in the yards Supply Department, sponsor of the LSM 300; Ensign Richard C. Ashman, USN, of 2428 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, California, formerly of Somerville, Mass. who took command of LSM 300; Miss Lenora Rast, of Holly Hill, S.C., maid of honor to her sister, Miss Ethelyn Rast; Miss Mary Griffin, of Summerville, S.C., a yard Supply Department employee, who presented flowers to Miss Ethelyn Rast; and Chairman D.M. Zeigler, of the Central Shop Committee, representing yard workers, who presented a silver gift to each sponsor.
||Ethelyn Rast Kay