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USS LST-354


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - November - Sierra
NJNS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 19 to 25 February 1945, Iwo Jima) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 July 1942, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S. C.
  • Launched, 13 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-354, 27 November 1942, LT. Bertram W. Robb, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-354 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operations
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 1 July 1943
    Vella Lavella occupation, 15 and 21 August 1943
    Marianas operations
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 22 June 1944
    Treasury Bougainville operations
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 6 and 17 November1943
    Iwo Jima operations
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
    Bismarck Archipelago operations
    Green Island landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-354 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    28 September to 10 October 1945
    9 to 18 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 December 1947, to Southwest Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • USS LST-354 earned six 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-354 67k USS LST-354 beached, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1943 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LST-354 64k USS LST-354 and another LST beached at Rendova, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1944 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.


    USS LST-354
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Robb, Bertram W., USNR27 November 1942 - 27 December 1943
    02LTjg. Henry, William H, USN27 December 1943 - August 1944
    03LTjg. Mercer, Ralph E. USNRAugust 1944 - April 1945
    04LT. Johnson, C. A., USNRApril 1945 - 26 June 1945
    05LTjg. Swenson, Carl A., USNR (acting)26 June 1945 - August 1945
    06LT. Johnson, C. A., USNRAugust 1945 - November 1945
    05LTjg. Swenson, Carl A., USNRNovember 1945 - 30 April 1946
    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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