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HM LST-369
USS LST-369 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - November - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS LST-369 was transferred to the Royal Navy in November 1944 for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 13 October 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 24 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-369, 8 January 1943, LT. John P. O'Riorden USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-369 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Royal Navy, 29 November 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-369, 29 November 1944, at Rosneath
  • Sailed to India in 1945
  • No further details known
  • Paid off location unknown, 15 February 1946.
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 29 November 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
  • USS LST-369 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 7 October 1947, to Tung Hwa Trading Co., Singapore
    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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    TL 116108452
    290k USS LST-368 at anchor off Gela, Sicily during Operation Husky, between 0800hrs 10 July and 1200hrs 11 July 1943, at the line of departure, Dime beachhead.
    Ref. COMTAS-Group 81.3 - Report of Action of Dime Force, Operation Husky. Photos taken from USS Boise (CL-47)
    Photos by J. R. Eyerman, TimeLife. ID: TimeLife_image_116108452, 116108486 and 116108625 For personal non-commercial use only.
    David Upton
    TL 116108486
    TL 116108425

    USS LST-369
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. O'Riorden, John P., USNR8 January 1943 - December 1943
    02LTjg. Baldridge, William T., USNDecember 1943 - 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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