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USS LST-353


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Alpha - Zulu
NZAZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 July 1942, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 12 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-353, 27 November 1942, LT. Luther E. Reynolds, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-353 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
    Treasury Island-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 6 and 17 November 1943
    New Georgia Group operations
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 2 July 1943
    Vella Lavella occupation, 31 August 1943
     

  • While moored in the West Loch at Peal Harbor USS LST-353 was sunk by an internal explosion, 21 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, date unkown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 July 1944
  • USS LST-353 earned three 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
    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-353 79k USS LST-353 unloading in the Solomon Islands, June 1943.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1944 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LST-353 82k USS LST-353 and two additional LSTs at Bougainville, circa October to November 1943.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1944 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS LST-353
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Reynolds Jr., Luther E., USNR27 November 1942 - December 1943
    02LTjg. Hodges, W. P., USNRDecember 1943 - 21 March 1944
    02LTjg. Martin, C. A., USN21 March 1944 - 21 May 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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