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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-386 was transferred to the Royal Navy in 1944
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 9 June 1942, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 28 September 1942
Commissioned USS LST-386, 10 November 1942, LT. H. R. Fleck, Harold R. USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-386 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
|North African operation
Tunisian operation, 8 November 1942 to 9 July 1943
|West Coast of Italy operations
Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 19 February to 1 March 1944
|Sicilian occupation 9 to 15 July 1943
||Invasion of Normandy 6 to 25 June 1944
|Salerno landings, 9 to 15 September 1942
Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 9 December 1944, commissioned HM LST-386
Returned to US Naval custody, 15 October 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 10 December 1946
Final Disposition, sold to Frozen Foods, Inc. Scotland, for conversion to merchant service, 5 June 1947
USS LST-386 earned five battle stars for World War II service
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-386 underway towing a section of a Rhino barge. Further pontoon sections are carried on each side amidships, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "Allied Landing Craft and Ships of World War Two" by the US Division of Naval Intelligence.
||USS LST-386 unloading troops onto a causeway at Licata, Sicily, date unknown. Note the improvised runway for light
planes US Army L4 and L5(Grasshoppers) observation planes visible above the main deck.
US Army Signal Corps photo.
|Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
||USS LST-386 beached while unloading French troops and vehicles at Provence, France in August 1944
Note the steel pontoon (Rhino Ferry) secured to her starboard side. The second photo is a colorized cropped version of the photo made into a French postcard.
US Navy photo released 24 September 1943.
|(1016038604)-Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.Ed
(1016038601)-Storey, Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret., and Tommy Trampp
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|01||LT. Fleck, Harold R., USNR||10 November 1942 - September 1943|
|02||LTjg. Pace, David A., USNR||September 1943 - September 1944
|03||LT. Lundell, Wilbur H., USNR||September 1944 - 9 December 1944
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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