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USS Spark (IX-196)
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USS LST-340 (1942 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Oscar
NZRO
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive 16 June 1943) - Navy Unit Commendation (1 March 1943 to 1 June1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (16 June 1943 - 1 KIA, 4 WIA)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 July 1942, at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Launched, 8 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-340, 26 December 1942, LT. William Villella, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-340 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of Southern Solomons, 16 June 1943
    Tinian capture and occupation, 24 July to 10 August 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 19 August 1944
     

  • Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified, named and designated USS Spark (IX-196), 20 October 1944
  • Decommissioned, 24 October 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1945
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-340 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    LST Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-340 50k USSLST-340 stranded on "White Beach" at Tinian, circa 21 June to 13 August 1944.
    US Navy photo.
    Russ Padden

    USS LST-340 / USS Spark (IX-196)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Villella, William, USN26 December 1942 - August 1943
    02ENS. Haskell, L., USNR August 1943 - ?
    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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