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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:
|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
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||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.
||Reinforcements wade ashore from USS LST-353 on the shores of Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, 6 November 1943. Also present
are USS LST-488 and USS LST-70. Note barrage balloons overhead.
US National Archives Catalog # 80-G-202485 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Reynolds Jr., Luther E., USNR||27 November 1942 - December 1943|
|02||LTjg. Hodges, W. P., USNR||December 1943 - 21 March 1944|
|02||LTjg. Martin, C. A., USN||21 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
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United States LST Association
Last Updated 21 September 2018
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