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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:
|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
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
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-354 unloading at Bougainville, B.S.I., 28 November 28, 1943.
Photo originally from 6th Special Navy C.B. archives.
|John Ratomski. Courtesy Zack Morris Associate Member and Editor, LST Scuttlebutt Magazine U.S. Landing Ship Tank Association
||USS LST-354 beached, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1943 issue.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Robb, Bertram W., USNR||27 November 1942 - 27 December 1943|
|02||LTjg. Henry, William H, USN||27 December 1943 - August 1944|
|03||LTjg. Mercer, Ralph E. USNR||August 1944 - April 1945|
|04||LT. Johnson, C. A., USNR||April 1945 - 26 June 1945|
|05||LTjg. Swenson, Carl A., USNR (acting)||26 June 1945 - August 1945|
|06||LT. Johnson, C. A., USNR||August 1945 - November 1945|
|05||LTjg. Swenson, Carl A., USNR||November 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
Last Updated 31 March 2017
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