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November - Charlie - India - Xray
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:
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
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|27 October to 21 November 1945||22 December 1945 to 1 March 1946
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-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
||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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Studebaker, Marvin F., USNR||23 January 1943 - 2 July 1945|
|02||LT. Farrow III, M. C.,USNR||2 July 1945 - September 1945|
|03||LT. Doherty, J. H., USNR||September 1945 - March 1946|
|04||LTjg. Moore, T. M., USNR||March 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
Last Updated 15 July 2016
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