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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-385 was turned over to the United Kingdom after the invasion of Normandy and served as HM LST-385
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 June 1942, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 28 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-385, 6 November 1942, LT. Philip A. Warner, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-385 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 West Coast of Italy operations-1944
    Anzio- Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January to 3 February 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Convoy KMS-31, 11 November 1943  

    Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 29 November 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-385, circa 30 November 1944
  • HM LST-385 participated in the following operations:
  • Relief of southern Norway
  • As part of "W" Task Force HM LST-385 worked down the Arakan coast of Burma and participated in the recapture of Rangoon, before proceeding to the eventual invasion of Malaya at Morib and Port Swettenham, and so to Singapore and Bangkok etc. doing relief work repatriating ex P.O.W.s of the Japanese
  • Paid off Singapore and returned to US Navy custody at Subic Bay, Philippines, 16 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • USS LST-385 earned five battle stars for World War II service

  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines
    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
    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
    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-385
    LST-385 163k Troops lead Army mules ashore at Licata, Sicily in July 1943 during the invasion landings. USS LST-385 is at right, with a truck-mounted radar on her bow.
    US National Archives photo # SC SC 175768 a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-385 118k USS LST-385 beached, date and location unknown. Hugh G. Whiting Jr.OS2(sw) USN (04-08) USS Paul Hamilton (05-08) in memory of his grandfather Alexander Antoni Michalkiewicz S/2c USS LST-385
    LST-349 174k During the Anzio Invasion DUKW amphibious trucks prepare to move inland after landing on the Fifth Army Beachhead near Anzio. the LST in center appears to be USS LST-385. USS LST-349 and LCT(5)-198 are at right, circa 22 January - 25 February 1944.
    US National Archives photo # SC 184436 a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    HM LST-385
    LST-326 2030k Menu for a farewell dinner aboard HM LST-326 for Captain G Owles when Force W was paid off in Singapore on 9 February 1946. The menu consists of three sheets of paper stapled together and represents the bow doors and ramp opening. Colin E C Pilcher Flt Lt RAF (retired) for his father LCDR. Leonard George Pilcher RNVR Commanding Officer HM LST-326
    LST-326 1734k
    LST-326 1834k

    USS LST-385
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Warner, Philip A., USNR6 November 1942 - May 1943
    02LT. Brock, Jerome, USNRMay 1943 - September 1943
    03LTjg. Madson, Marlow Clarence, LTJG, USN (acting CO)September 1943 - October 1943
    04LT. Brock, Jerome, USNROctober 1943 - 12 January 1944
    05LTjg. Stasavich, Clarence, USNR12 January 1944 - 29 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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