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USS LST-316


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Alpha
NJOA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 October 1942 at the New York Navy Yard;
  • Launched, 28 January 1943;
  • Commissioned USS LST 316, 3 February 1943, LT. Argyle W. Markley, in command
  • During WWII LST-316 was assigned to 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 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1945 for conversion to Landing Craft Repair Ship Cerberus (ARL-43) at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Conversion canceled, 12 September 1945
  • Reverted to LST-316
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold to James Hughes, Inc., New York, NY for conversion to merchant service
  • USS LST-316 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    9 officers
    120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers
    131 enlisted
    Boats 6 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
    Propulsion
    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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    Size Image Description Source
    LST-60/316/535 118k USS LST-316, USS LST-60 and USS LST-535 beached at Juno Beach, in Mike Sector on D+1 (7 June 1944) LST Home Port Web Site
    LST-316 42k USS LST-316 moored bow to stern with an unidentified LST, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1943 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret

    USS LST-316 / Cerberus (ARL-43)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Markley, Argyle Willis3 February 1943 - 4 April 1943
    02ENS. Grant, Walter H., USN 4 April 1943 - 30 April 1945
    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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