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USS LST-383


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Oscar - Juliet
NCOJ

USS LST-383 was transferred to the United Kingdom in November 1944
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 June 1942, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 28 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-383, 27 October 1942, LT. Charles H. Johnson Jr., USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-383 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East 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 Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January 1 March 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 20 November 1944
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-383, 20 November 1944
    Participated in Malaya invasion (MacDermott Ships Without Names)
  • Transferred and sold to the Netherlands East Indies Maritime Customs, 10 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS LST-383 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USS LST-383
    LST-383 46k
    USS LST-383 while part of Convoy UGS-6A off Bermuda. Convoy UGS-6A sailed from Bermuda, 27 March 1943, for the Mediterranean. The convoy included 21 LSTs with LCTs loaded on deck, (Note: LCT-31 lashed to the main deck of LST-383) 30 LCIs and various minesweepers, part ol craft, and freighters that brought the total number of ships to 92.
    Steve McKenna
    LST 383 web site
    LST-383 66k
    LST-383 18k USS LST-383 unloading British troops at Salerno, September 1943. Note: The troops shown emerging from the bow ramp of LST-383 are British Eighth Army men from either the 50th (Tyne Tees) or 51st (Highland) Divisions. These exhausted and poorly equipped, troops were needlessly added to fresh American troops of the US Fifth Army in the assault on Salerno. But, after having been deceived about their destination and purpose, nearly 200 men refused to join the assault, and were arrested for disobeying orders. Within six weeks, after a trial for which their defense had no time to prepare evidence, all but one had been found guilty of mutiny, their sentences ranging from five years' penal servitude to death. Further information about the above incident can be found in "Mutiny at Salerno 1943: An injustice Exposed" by Saul David. Caption - Robert Hurst
    LST-383 22k USS LST-383 high and dry on the beach at Normandy, June 1944  
    HM LST-383
    LST-383 21k 1945, HM LST-383 date and location unknown Steve McKenna
    LST 383 web site
    LST-383 72k HM LST-383 arriving at Brisbane with Australian troops, 1945. Steve McKenna
    LST 383 web site
    LST-383 45k HM LST-383 in dry dock at Hong Kong, BCC in 1945 to replace the port propeller, she carried two spares Steve McKenna
    LST 383 Web Site
    LST-383 32k HM LST-383 unloading at Port Dickson, Malaya, 1945 Steve McKenna
    LST 383 Web Site

    USS LST-383
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LT. Johnson Jr., Charles Henry, USN27 October 1942 - 1 April 1944
     LTjg. Lynch, John I., USN1 April 1944 - 20 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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