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HM LST-337
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
    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

    United Nations Archives photo # S-0801-0011-0001-00006
    United Nations Archives photo # S-0801-0011-0001-00005
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    USS LST-337
    LST-337 39k 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
    LST-337 118k USS LST-337 and USS LST-338 beached at Amphibious Training Base Camp Bradford, VA., circa 1943.
    US Navy photo postcard
    Tommy Trampp
    LST-337 1169k 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.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-337 42k USS LST-337 at Normandy, off loading equipment onto the beach, date unknown
    US National Archives image
    Bill Brinkley
    LST-337 87k 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
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    LST-337 278k Ex-USS LST-337 in merchant service as the Chinese flagged MV Wan Shen carries trucks, medical supplies and food up the Yangtze River from Shanghai to China's critical famine area in Hunan, China, 30 December 1948 R.J.E. Bayliff
    LST-337 251k MV Wan Shen unloading trucks of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration at Changsha, capital of the famine-stricken province of Hunan, China, 30 December 1948 R.J.E. Bayliff

    USS LST-337
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brower, L. USN16 December 1942 - May 1944
    02LT. Worrall, Walter L., USNRMay 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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