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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 July 1942, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 15 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST 334, 29 November 1942, LT. George V. Alyward, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-334 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. J. R. Clark;
    LST Group Thirteen, CDR. C. R. Lea;
    LST Division Twenty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    New Georgia Group operation
    Vella Lavella occupation, 1 October 1943
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 5 August 1944
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 11 November, 3,4 and 15 December 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-334 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 22 September to 12 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 24 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Sold, 22 April 1948, to the Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA for scrapping
  • USS LST-334 earned four battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
    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'
    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
    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
    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-334 41k USS LST-334 (left) and USS LST-390 (right) between Piers 4 and 5 Newport News VA, loading 3/4 ton 4X4 command reconnaissance cars, 1 January 1943. The Library of Virginia
    US Army Signal Corps
    Photograph Collection
    LST-334 89k Starboard broadside view of USS LST-334 off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., with LCT-481 on deck, 5 January 1943. Photograph was received from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., in 1972.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84028.
    David Larson
    LST-334 78k USS LST-334 and three additional LSTs beached while loading troops, supplies and vehicles at Kissing Point, Port Townsville, Australia, date unknown. Peter Dunn and Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LST-334 45k
    LST-334 64k USS LST-334 and USS LST-887 loading out at Navy Base Seattle prior to the invasion of Okinawa, circa 3 February 1945. US Army Signal Corps photo, now in the collections of the Seattle NARA. Tracy White
    LST-334 259k USS LST-334 beached at Okinawa, after the cesstion of hostilities, circa 1945-46. Donn Cuson

    USS LST-334
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Alyward, George USNR29 November 1942 - 4 May 1943
    02LTjg. Hawkins, Charles J., USNR4 May 1943 13 February 1944
    03LTjg. Reed, Jack J., USNR13 February 1944 - 13 May 1944
    04LT. Blieden, Robert S., USNR13 May 1944 - 30 October 1945
    05LTjg. Neuburg Jr., Walter B., USNR30 October 1945 - 27 November 1945
    06LTjg. McCoy, John William, USNR27 November 1945 - 24 April 1946
    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
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