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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-351 was transferred to the Royal Navy in December 1944 for the duration of World War II and later sold to the Netherlands
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 November 1942, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 7 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-351, 24 February 1943, LT. Scott Howe, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LST-351 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    European Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
    22 January to 1 March 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 12 December 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-351, 12 December 1944
  • No record of active service in the Royal Navy
  • Mud berthed Sandacre Bay, Saltash, Cornwall, 30 July 1946
  • Re-delivered to US Navy custody, 10 December 1946.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 December 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold to the Netherlands, 30 December 1946
  • USS LST-351 earned four 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
    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
    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-381 126k From left to right; HM LST-323, USS LST-1, USS LST-381 and USS LST-351 being loaded with reversed DUKWs at Salerno Harbor in preparation for the Anzio Landings scheduled for January 20-21, 1944.
    Imperial War Museum War Office Second World War Official Collection, by Dawson (Sgt), Photo No. IWM (NA 11079)
    Mike Green
    LST-352 132k USS LST-351 beached at Naples, Italy as German Prisoners are off-loaded. The prisoners were taken aboard at Anzio, circa mid-1944.
    This photo appeared in "National Geographic Magazine."
    Rich Barnes for his brother Morris S. Barnes RM2/c USS LST-351.
    LST-352 104k USS LST-351 beached at Normandy with three crew members posing in front of the ship, circa summer-1944. Rich Barnes for his brother Morris S. Barnes RM2/c USS LST-351.

    USS LST-351
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Howe, Scott, USNR24 February 1943 - December 1943
    02LT. Caldwell, Richard W., USNRDecember 1943 - 22 September 1944
    03LT. Grainger, Joseph K., USNR22 September 1944 - 12 December 1944
    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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