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USS LST-326


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Zulu - Delta
NWZD

USS LST-326 was manned by the US Coast Guard after a crew swap, 25 August 1943

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



USS LST-326 was loaned to the United Kingdom and later sold to France
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 November 1942, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA.
  • Launched, 11 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-326, 26 February 1943, LT. S. J. O'Brien, USNR, in command
  • 25 August 1943 the officers and crew of USS LST-175 exchanged places with the Navy officers and crew of USS LST-326 and she became a Coast Guard manned vessel
  • During World War II USS LST-326 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eleven;
    LST Group Thirty-Two 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
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January to 2 February 1944  

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 18 December 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-326, 18 December 1944
  • As part of "W" Task Force HM LST-326 worked down the Arakan coast of Burma and participated in the recapture of Rangoon, before proceeding to the eventual invasion of Malaya at Morib and Port Swettenham, and so to Singapore and Bangkok etc. doing relief work repatriating ex P.O.W.s of the Japanese.
  • Paid off Singapore and returned to US Navy custody at Subic Bay, Philippines, 16 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • Sold, 5 April 1946, to France, commissioned RFS LST-326
  • Named RFS Liamone, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, reportedly destroyed by a typhoon in the South China Sea, date unknown
  • USS LST-326 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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    USS LST-326
    LST-326 50k USS LST-326 underway, off Anzio, 15 April 1944.
    US National Archives image.
    Bill Brinkley
    LST-326 94k From left to right: USS LST-326, USS LST-358, USS LST-197, USS LST-377, USS LST-360 and an unidentified LST beached at Ajaccio, Corsica, 25-26 March 1944. The LSTs convoyed from Naples to Ajaccio carrying US troops, equipment, vehicles and supplies. After offloading the Americans at Ajaccio the LSTs loaded French military personnel and their equipment and offloaded them at Nisida, Italy. (See attached (War Diary). Photo originally was owned by US Army Captain Sanner of the 335th Engineer General Service Regiment. Brian Miller
    LST-326 185k USS LST-326, USS LST-292 and USS LST-543 on Omaha Beach, Normandy, circa 1944.
    Photo by Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    Reg Dearborn for his father Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    HM LST-326
    LST-326 66k HM LST-326 launching LCT-2483 at Bombay, circa early 1945. Able Seaman Alan Rolls Royal Navy HM LST-326
    LST-326 81k
    LST-326 60k HM LST-326 beached, probably in Malaya, circa March 1945. Able Seaman Alan Rolls Royal Navy HM LST-326
    LST-326 56k A LCM being loaded aboard HM LST-326, date and location unknown. ex Able Seaman Alan Rolls Royal Navy HM LST-326 and Colin E C Pilcher Flt Lt RAF (retired) for his father LCDR. Leonard George Pilcher RNVR Commanding Officer HM LST-326
    LST-326 37k Troops crowd the main deck of HM LST-326 while underway, date and location unknown. Able Seaman Alan Rolls Royal Navy HM LST-326 and Colin E C Pilcher Flt Lt RAF (retired) for his father LCDR. Leonard George Pilcher RNVR Commanding Officer HM LST-326
    LST-326 33k Vehicles fill the main deck of HM LST-326 while underway, date and location unknown. Able Seaman Alan Rolls Royal Navy HM LST-326 and Colin E C Pilcher Flt Lt RAF (retired) for his father LCDR. Leonard George Pilcher RNVR Commanding Officer HM LST-326
    LST-326 173k HM LST-326 moored, date and location unknown. Able Seaman Alan Rolls Royal Navy HM LST-326 and Colin E C Pilcher Flt Lt RAF (retired) for his father LCDR. Leonard George Pilcher RNVR Commanding Officer HM LST-326
    LST-326 2030k Menu for a farewell dinner aboard HM LST-326 for Captain G Owles when Force W was paid off in Singapore on 9 February 1946. The menu consists of three sheets of paper stapled together and represents the bow doors and ramp opening. Colin E C Pilcher Flt Lt RAF (retired) for his father LCDR. Leonard George Pilcher RNVR Commanding Officer HM LST-326
    LST-326 1734k
    LST-326 1834k
    RFS LST-326 / Liamone
    LST-326 19k RFS LST-326 badge. Remy Marie RFS Cheliff

    USS LST-326
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. O'Brien, S. J., USNR26 February 1943 - June 1943
    02LT. Fitzgerald, E. J., USNRJune 1943 - 25 August 1943
    03LT. Saussy, John C. USCGR25 August 1943 - 18 December 1944

    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-326
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