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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.
(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
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
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
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||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."
||USS LST-332 at Normandy, date unknown.
US National Archives image.
||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.
||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
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Brown, Brenton, USNR||6 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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