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HM LST-323 (1943 - 1946)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
LST-323 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 10 August 1942, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
Launched, 5 November 1942
Transferred to the United Kingdom, 18 January 1943
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-323, 18 January 1943
HM LST-323 sailed from New York for the Mediterranean in convoy USG 6A, 19 March 1943
HM LST-323 participated in th following campaigns:
Invasion of Reggio
West Coast of Italy operations-1944 - Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
Invasion of Normandy
Fitted with rails for the carriage of rolling stock
Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at Plymouth, England, 26 January 1946
Commissioned USS LST-323, 9 January 1946, LTjg. William H. Appel, USNR, in command
Decommissioned, 5 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 October 1947, to Luria Bros. and Co., Philadelphia, PA.
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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||From left to right; HM LST-323, USS LST-1,
USS LST-381 and USS LST-351 being loaded with reversed DUKWs at Salerno Harbor in preparation for the Anzio
Landings scheduled for January 20-21, 1944.
Imperial War Museum War Office Second World War Official Collection, by Dawson (Sgt), Photo No. © IWM (NA 11079)
||HM LST-323 unloading US Army rolling stock at Cherbourg, France, date unknown.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Appel, William H., USNR||9 January 1946 - April 1946|
|02||LTjg. Smith, R. T., USN||April 1946 - 30 April 1946|
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Last Updated 5 August 2016
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