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HM LST-360
USS LST-360 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Golf - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-360 was transferred to the Royal Navy in November 1944 for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 November 1942, at Charleston Navy Yard
  • Launched, 11 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-360, 9 February 1943, LT. C. R. Lea, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-360 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    European Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July and 28 July to 17 August 1943 West coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January to 1 March 1944
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944  

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 29 November 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-360, 29 November 1944
  • Converted to Landing Ship Emergency Repair (Landing Craft) LSE(LC)-52 at Wallsend Slipway, River Tyne, 18 December 1944 to 30 June 1945
  • Paid off and returned to US Navy custody, 10 June 1946.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-360 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    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'
    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
    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
    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-360 118k LST-360 keel laying ceremony, 21 November 1942, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hall USS Tidewater
    LST-360 79k LST-360 launching, 11 January 1943, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
    Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo #156-43
    Robert Hall USS Tidewater
    LST-360 147k USS LST-360 and USS LST-379 beached at Anzio, February 1944. (LTjg. Reeker is standing to the left of the ships open bow doors) David Reeker for his Grandfather LTjg. Walter Reeker USNR USS LSt-360
    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-360 147k USS LST-360 beached at Normandy, June 1944. David Reeker for his Grandfather LTjg. Walter Reeker USNR USS LSt-360

    USS LST-360
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lea, C. R., USNR9 February 1943 - February 1944
    02LT. Hanway Jr., William C., USNRFebruary 1944 - 29 November 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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