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Lost due to enemy action, 9 June 1944
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Charlie - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 9 June 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 7 September 1942, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Launched, 30 December 1942
Commissioned USS LST-314, 15 January 1943, LCDR. Alvin H. Tutt, in command
During World War II USS LST-314 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1942
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 9 June 1944
|Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
USS LST-314 was sunk by an enemy torpedo off the coast of Normandy, 9 June 1944
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 August 1944
USS LST-314 earned three battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 6 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||Beach group signalman directs USS LST-314 to her landing place on a beach during the Sicily Operation in July-August 1943.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-54629, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS LST-314 unloading British Universal Carriers at Salerno, Italy, 8 September 1943.
Imperial War Museum War Office Second World War Official Collection, by Loughlin (Sgt), Photo No. © IWM (NA 6622).
|Robert Hurst and
||USS LST-314 and USS LST-374 loading supplies at Portsmouth, English in preparation for the Invasion of Normandy, early June 1944. LST-314 was sunk by German motor torpedo boats, 9 June 1944. The numbers at the peaks of the LST bows are apparently berth numbers.
US Army Signal Corps. photo # C-745 (Color) from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
||USS LST-314 and USS LST-374 loading supplies at Portsmouth, English in preparation for the Invasion of Normandy, early June 1944. US Naval Institute photo.
||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Tutt, Alvin Harold USN||15 January 1943 - 9 July 1944|
|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
Last Updated 29 September 2017
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