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USS LST-372


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - India - Xray
NCIX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 November 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 19 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-372, 23 January 1943, LT. Marvin F. Studebaker, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-372 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

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

  • Following World War II USS LST-372 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    27 October to 21 November 194522 December 1945 to 1 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 9 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 October 1947, to Patapsco Scrap Corp., Baltimore, MD.
  • USS LST-372 earned three 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-372 134k USS LST-372 enroute to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater with LCT-810 loaded on her main deck, circa 1944.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84689, courtesy D. H. McPherson, 1976.
    Mitch Bryk for his father Stanley Bryk LCT-801
    LST-372 149k USS LST-372 probably off the Normandy beachhead, unloading into LCT-540, date unknown.. Note the barrage balloons overhead. Josh McNattin for his grandfather, Richard B McNattin USS LST-372

    USS LST-372
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Studebaker, Marvin F., USNR23 January 1943 - 2 July 1945
    02LT. Farrow III, M. C.,USNR2 July 1945 - September 1945
    03LT. Doherty, J. H., USNRSeptember 1945 - March 1946
    04LTjg. Moore, T. M., USNRMarch 1946 - 9 July 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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