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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top 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, 29 October 1942, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA.
  • Launched, 24 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-332, 6 February 1943, LT. Brenton Brown USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-332 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    European-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, 22 May 1945, for conversion to Landing Craft Repair Ship Feronia (ARL-45) at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Conversion canceled, 12 September 1945
  • Reverted to LST-332
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • USS LST-332 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for conversion to merchant service, 17 October 1946, to Suwannee Steamship Co., Charleston, S.C.
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    7 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
    two twin 40mm gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    four single 40mm gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm gun mounts
    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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    LST-332 57k USS LST-332 with an LCT loaded on her main deck, July1943. Wes Stone, Lusby, MD. -"In memory of the men of the USNATB, Solomons, MD."
    LST-332 69k USS LST-332 at Normandy, date unknown.
    US National Archives image.
    Bill Brinkley
    LST-209 1131k USS LST-332 and USS LST-209 loading army vehicles on the south coast of England, 10 April 1945, bound for European ports.
    US National Archives photo # SC 207762, a US Army Signal Corps photo by T/5 George Holt, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-332 157k USS LST-332 offloading army vehicles to a "Rhino" ferry (RHF) during North European invasion landing practice rehearsals off Slapton Sands, England, 1943-44.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-252348 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-332 157k A "Rhino" ferry (RHF) linked up with USS LST-332, with a full cargo of invasion vehicles. Photo released on 6 June 1944, at the time of the Normandy Invasion, in which "Rhinos" and LST-332 took part. It was probably taken during pre-invasion preparation period.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-59401 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-332
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brown, Brenton, USNR6 February 1943 - until at least 31 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
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