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USS LST-349


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 November 1942, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 7 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-349, 11 February 1943, LT. Aubrey Strickland, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-349 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 27 April to 9 July 1943
    West Coast of Italy operation-1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January - 25 February 1944
    Sicilian occupation, 10 July 1943  

  • The crews of USS LST-349 and USS LST-208 exchanged ships at Bizerte, 25 August 1943
  • Ran aground and sank off Ponza, Italy, 26 February 1944
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 March 1944
  • USS LST-349 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers, 131 enlisted
    Boats 6 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-349 79k USS LST-349 partial crew photo, North Africa, 1943. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-302 79k HM LST-302, HM LST-303 and USS LST-349 at Nisida, Italy, while loading or unloading equipment, date unknown. Robert Hurst
    LST-349 61k USS LST-349 main deck looking forward from the superstructure, date and location unknown. Note "All Boats Away." William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 42k USS LST-349 anchored off the coast of Italy, 1943. Dennis Painter for his Father-in-Law John S. White USS LST-349
    LST-349 103k USS LST-349 anchored off the coast of Italy, 1943. Dennis Painter for his Father-in-Law John S. White USS LST-349
    LST-349 288k USS LST-349 unloading tanks across a pontoon causeway at Anzio, date unknown. Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
    LST-349 140k USS LST-349 3"/50 gun crew off North Africa or Sicily, 1943. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 128k USS LST-349 crew members showing off their shaved heads William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 164k USS LST-349 crew members showing off their beards, or lack of. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 56k USS LST-349 crew, shaved heads, 1943. Dennis Painter for his Father-in-Law John S. White USS LST-349
    LST-349 385k Letter written by ENS. George Wolhuter USNR, Gunnery Officer USS LST-349 during the Sicily Campaign describing his personal view of the action during the invasion. The letter was printed in the home town war production plant newspaper, "Victory News" and dated 13 August 1943 Submitted by William Fraser USS LST-208, courtesy George Wolhuter USS LST-349 and LST-208
    LST-349 101k USS LST-349 officers. This group of officers would be reassigned to USS LST-208 sometime in October 1943. Top row, Left to Right; Kranich, First Lieutenant, Search, Communications, Hughes, Supply, (payroll), unknown, Rittenhouse, Executive Officer. Bottom row, left to right; unknown, Bixler, Engineering, George Wolhuter, Gunnery, Stewart, Supply. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 86k USS LST-349 crew with Italian Prisoners of War, Tunis, Tunisia, sometime in October 1943. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 95k USS LST-349 Officers, LTjgs Krainich, Hughes and Bixler, Tunis, Tunisia, sometime in October 1943. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 101k USS LST-349 Chief Petty Officers, (All unknown except for MoMMC Loomis, front row far left.) Tunis, Tunisia, sometime in October 1943. William Fraser USS LST-208
    LST-349 174k During the Anzio Invasion DUKW amphibious trucks prepare to move inland after landing on the Fifth Army Beachhead near Anzio. the LST in center appears to be USS LST-385. USS LST-349 and LCT(5)-198 are at right, circa 22 January - 25 February 1944.
    US National Archives photo # SC 184436 a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-349 59k USS LST-349 aground off Isla de Ponza Italy and breaking up, circa February 1944. LST Home Port web site

    USS LST-349
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Strickland, Aubrey 11 February 1943 - 25 August 1943
    01LT. Emmons, Robert W., USNR25 August 1943 - 25 March 1944

    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
    Under water views of the wreckage of ex-USS LST-349
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