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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:

    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
  • 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
    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
    9 officers
    120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers
    131 enlisted
    Boats 6 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-374 88k 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.
    Bill Gonyo
    LST-314 87k 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.
    LST-376 96k 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. Robert Hurst

    USS LST-374
    Dictionary of Americab Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Knipe Jr., Norman L., USNR29 January 1943 - June 1944
    02LTjg. Sanders, Raymond Lewis, USNJune 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
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