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USS LST-331


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Lima - Alpha
NYLA

USS LST-331 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal


USS LST-331 was turned over to the United Kingdom, 20 November 1944
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 November 1942, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 11 February 1943, LT. Joseph Mazotta, USCG, in command)
  • Commissioned USS LST-331, 11 March 1943
  • During World War II USS LST-331 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twelve
    LST Group Thirty-Five
    LST Division Seventy
    and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 1 to 9 July 1943
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 20 November 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-331, at Southhampton, England, 20 November 1944
  • Refitted on the Clyde River
  • As part of "W" Task Force HM LST-331 was SO of the 6th Flotilla and 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
  • USS LST-331 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, to Bosey, Philippines, scuttled in Subic Bay after stripping
    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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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-331
    LST-380 146k USS LST-331 and USS LST-380 moored together, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-67304 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    John Chiquoine
    HM LST-331
    LST-331 52k HM LST-331 at anchor, date and place unknown. Nivard Ovington for his father-in-law Thomas Raymond Hurst, Able Seaman RN HM LST-331
    LST-331 59k HM LST-331 at Singapore in the Malacca Straits. Guard of Honour for Lord Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia Theater, Armistice Day, 1945. Nivard Ovington for his father-in-law Thomas Raymond Hurst, Able Seaman RN HM LST-331
    LST-331 62k HM LST-331 at Singapore in the Malacca Straits. Guard of Honour for Lord Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia Theater, Armistice Day, 1945. Nivard Ovington for his father-in-law Thomas Raymond Hurst, Able Seaman RN HM LST-331
    LST-331 58k HM LST-331 at Singapore in the Malacca Straits. Guard of Honour for Lord Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia Theater, Armistice Day, 1945. Nivard Ovington for his father-in-law Thomas Raymond Hurst, Able Seaman RN HM LST-331
    LST-331 52k HM LST-331 at Singapore in the Malacca Straits. Guard of Honour for Lord Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia Theater, Armistice Day, 1945. Nivard Ovington for his father-in-law Thomas Raymond Hurst, Able Seaman RN HM LST-331
    LST-331 154k HM LST-331 - Shellback Certificate issued to Thomas R. Hurst, Able Seaman RN, 6 December 1945. Nivard Ovington for his father-in-law Thomas Raymond Hurst, Able Seaman RN HM LST-331
    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

    USS LST-331
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Mazotta, Joseph, USCG11 March 1943 - 14 April 1944
    02LT. Strauch Jr., William Daniel, USCGR14 April 1944 - 20 November 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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-331
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