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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-351 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 12 November 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
Launched, 19 January 1943
Commissioned USS LST-374, 29 January 1943, LT. Norman L. Knipe Jr., USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-374 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Decommissioned, 29 May 1945 at Baltimore, MD.
Named Minerva (ARL-47), 29 May 1945
Start of conversion to a Landing Craft Repair Ship, 30 May 1945, at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD.
Conversion canceled, 11 September 1945
Reverted to LST-374
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 January 1947, to A. G. Schoonmaker
USS LST-374 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July and 28 July to 17 August 1943
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
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 6 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-374 and USS LST-314 loading supplies at an English port in preparation for the Invasion of Normandy, early June 1944. USS LST-314 was sunk by German motor torpedo boats, 9 June 1944. The numbers at the peaks of the LST bows are apparently berth numbers.
US Army Signal Corps. photo # C-745 (Color) from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
||USS LST-374 and USS LST-314 loading supplies at an English port in preparation for the Invasion of Normandy, early June 1944. US Naval Institute photo.
||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS LST-374 is to starboard of USS LST-376 as she loads a DUKW amphibious truck at an unidentified English port prior to the Invasion of Normandy.
Dictionary of Americab Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Knipe Jr., Norman L., USNR||29 January 1943 - June 1944|
|02||LTjg. Sanders, Raymond Lewis, USN||June 1944 - 29 May 1945|
|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 17 March 2017
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