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USS LST-337 (1942 - 1944)
USS LST-337 International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - November - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
USS LST-337 turned over to the United Kingdom in December 1944
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 17 July 1942, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
Launched, 8 November 1942
Commissioned USS LST-337, 16 December 1942, LT. L. Brower, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-337 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns 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 and transferred to the United Kingdom, 2 December 1944
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-337, 2 December 1944, at Rosneath, Scotland
HM LST-337 was assigned to the Pacific Theater and participated in the Invasion of Malaya. Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at Subic Bay, Philippines, 16 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Final Disposition, sold to Bosey, Philippines, 5 December 1947, fate unknown
USS LST-337 earned three battle stars 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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||LST-337 and LST-338 soon after launch, 8 November 1942, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth VA.
US Navy photo
|Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||USS LST-337 and USS LST-338 beached at Amphibious Training Base Camp Bradford, VA., circa 1943.
US Navy photo postcard
||USS LST-337 off-loading troops and equipment of the US Army's 151st Field Artillery, 34th Infantry Division, over a causeway at Salerno, D-day, 9 September 1943.
US National Archives photo # III-SC 181077, Box 181, a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-337 at Normandy, off loading equipment onto the beach, date unknown
US National Archives image
||USS LST-337 at anchor, probably off the Normandy beachhead, date unknown. Note the attached barrage balloon overhead.
US Navy photo from "Allied Landing Craft and Ships of World War Two" by the US Division of Naval Intelligence
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Brower, L. USN||16 December 1942 - May 1944|
|02||LT. Worrall, Walter L., USNR||May 1944 - 2 December 1944|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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