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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:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|New Georgia Group operation
Vella Lavella occupation, 1 October 1943
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 5 August 1944
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
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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)
limiting 11' 2"
maximum navigation 14' 1"
Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
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
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun mounts
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
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||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
||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.
||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.
||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.
||USS LST-334 beached at Okinawa, after the cession of hostilities, circa 1945-46.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Alyward, George USNR||29 November 1942 - 4 May 1943|
|02||LTjg. Hawkins, Charles J., USNR||4 May 1943 13 February 1944|
|03||LTjg. Reed, Jack J., USNR||13 February 1944 - 13 May 1944|
|04||LT. Blieden, Robert S., USNR||13 May 1944 - 30 October 1945|
|05||LTjg. Neuburg Jr., Walter B., USNR||30 October 1945 - 27 November 1945|
|06||LTjg. McCoy, John William, USNR||27 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
Last Updated 15 August 2014
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