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Lost to enemy action, 9 August 1943
NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - November - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (9 August 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Purple Hearts (4 WIA - 1 August 1943) (20 WIA - 9 August 1943)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 15 October 1942, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Launched, 28 January 1943
Commissioned USS LST-318, 8 February 1943, LT. R. Borden, USNR, in command
During World War II, USS LST-318 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Final Disposition, sunk while participating in an amphibious raid behind German lines, 9 August 1943, at Coronia, Sicily
Struck from the Naval Register, 20 October 1943
USS LST-318 earned one battle star for World War II service
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
Southern Sicilian landing Licata - (Blue Beach) 9 to 15 July 1943
Northern Sicilian operations, 28 July to 17 August 1943
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 2 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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||USS LST-318 off Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, early February 1943.
||Robert J. Coates for his father Walter F. Coates QM2/c USNR USS LST-310, USS LST-318, USS LST-294
||USS LST-318 and USS LST-317 moored side by side in a North African port, circa 1943.
Associated Press photo released, 19 October 1943.
|David Wright and
Robert J. Coates for his father Walter F. Coates QM2/c USNR USS LST-310, USS LST-318, USS LST-294
||USS LST-318 moored outboard of (possibly) USS LST-317) in 1943, in a Mediterranean
port, probably in North Africa.
US Navy photo 108-9.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Borden, R., USNR||8 February 1943 - 9 August 1943|
|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 26 January 2018
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