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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 (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 18 October 1942, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 15 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-343, 9 January 1943, LT. Harry. H. Rightmeyer, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-343 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
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. G. B. Carter USN;
    LST Group Fifteen, CDR. V. K. Busck USN;
    LST Division Twenty-Nine and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of southern Solomons, 20 June 1943
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 5 August 1944
    New Georgia Group operation
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 4 and 21 July 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 10 April 1945
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 15 December 1943

  • Following World War II USS LST-343 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 October to 28 December 1945
    7 to 28 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 27 January 1946
  • Assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), date unknown, redesignated Q033
  • Transferred, 21 February 1947, to the US Army Military Government Korea
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 March 1947
  • USS LST-343 earned five 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-343 97k USS LST-343 along with other ships near Guam, 24 July 1944, during the invasion, as seen from the USS New Mexico (BB-40). Including LST-343, there are a large number of other LSTs surrounding USS Stembel (DD-644), in Measure 32/10D camouflage scheme. Stembel was acting as flagship for LST Flotilla 16 off Guam from 21 July 21 through 1 August 1 1944, providing command and communication for the LSTs.
    US National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-256991, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    LST-390 426k USS LST-390 (foreground) and USS LST-343 (background) beached, date and location unknown.
    US Marine Corps HQ photo # HQ. Photo No. 68,688
    David Leoncavallo for his grandfather Charles Lovett. USS LST-343 and USS LST-620
    LST-78/343 90k USS LST-343 alongside USS LST-78 while beached, possibly at Okinawa, circa May-June 1945 Photo by LTjg. (E) Jack D. Curlee,
    Engineering Officer LST-78

    USS LST-343
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Rightmeyer, Harry Howard9 January 1943 - 18 July 1943
    03LT. Wardwell, David Otis, USNR7 September 1944 - 21 April 1945
    04LT. Stoker, Carl E., USNR21 April 1945 - 5 December 1945

    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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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