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HM LST-358
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USS LST-358 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Echo - Foxtrot
NZEF
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-358 was transferred to the Royal Navy in December 1944 for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 October 1942, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 15 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-358, 8 February 1943, LT. F. E. Clerk Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-358 was assigned to the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and participated in the following operations:

    Europe-Africa Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 West coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January to 1 March 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of southern France 15 August to 22 September 1944

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 24 December 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-358, 24 December 1944
  • No record of service
  • Paid off and returned to US Navy custody, 27 February 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 October 1947, to Southern Trading Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • USS LST-358 earned four 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-358 1964k USS LST-358 maneuvering in the harbor at Termini-Imerese, Sicily, 13 September 1943 in support of the Salerno landings. USS LST-347, USS LST-359 and USS LST-350 (broadside view background) are also moored in the harbor. American troops are preparing to board LCI’s to reinforce the 5th Army on the Italian mainland.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 182815, Box 187, a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-350 1411k Left to right; USS LST-358 (invasion loading ID number 24) USS LST-347 (invasion loading ID number 23), USS LST-359 (invasion loading ID number 22) and USS LST-350 (invasion loading ID number 25) moored in the harbor at Termini-Imerese, Sicily, 13 September 1943, while loading supplies to reinforce the 5th Army at Salerno.
    US National Archives photos Box 187, # III-SC 182826, a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-358 87k USS LST-358 unloading in Anzio harbor, circa January-February 1944. Robert Hurst
    LST-326 94k From left to right: USS LST-326, USS LST-358, USS LST-197, USS LST-377, USS LST-360 and an unidentified LST beached at Ajaccio, Corsica, 25-26 March 1944. The LSTs convoyed from Naples to Ajaccio carrying US troops, equipment, vehicles and supplies. After offloading the Americans at Ajaccio the LSTs loaded French military personnel and their equipment and offloaded them at Nisida, Italy. (See attached (War Diary). Photo originally was owned by US Army Captain Sanner of the 335th Engineer General Service Regiment. Brian Miller
    LST-178 59k As many as eight LSTs ready for transfer to the United Kingdom tied up at Bizerte, Tunisia in December 1944. Included are USS LST-178 and USS LST-358 (This ship could also possibly be USS LST-351). Bob Rutter, photo by his grandfather CAPT. Anthony Kohout Jr.

    USS LST-358
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Clerk Jr., F. E., USNR9 February 1943 - 11 March 1944
    02LT. Carter, D. E., USNR11 March 1944 - December 1944
    03LTjg. Sweet Jr., G. H., USNRDecember 1944 - 24 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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