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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 22 June 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 June 1942, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 28 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-387, 17 November 1942, LT. C. M. Rocca, C. M., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-387 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • Damaged by German submarine torpedo between Algiers and Bizerte, 22 June 1943, subsequently repaired
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 December 1947, to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA.
    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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    LST-387 55k USS LST-387 served as a testing platform for project GOLDRUSH - which was the testing of debarking equipment from LSTs. Testing was conducted from 1 to 9 December 1942. The ship was loaded with typical equipment intended to be off loaded across an invasion beach and unloading exercises were conducted on two types of beach, one shallow, where the ship grounded some distance from shore, and the other steep-to, where the ship could drop her bow ramp practically on the beach.

    Further reading at the Researcher @ Large website.

    Tracy White
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    LST-387 58k Stern view of damage to USS LST-387 moored at Bizerte, Tunisia. The damage was caused by German U-boat attack in the Mediterranean Sea, 22 June 1943 Dave Martin and Bill Fraser, Courtesy Denis Painter
    LST-387 138k Stern view of damage to USS LST-387 moored at Bizerte, Tunisia. The damage was caused by German U-boat attack in the Mediterranean Sea, 22 June 1943 Bill Fraser, Courtesy Denis Painter

    USS LST-387
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Rocca, C M., USNR17 November 1942 - 1944
    02LT. Scott, M. L., USNR1944 - 2 May 1946
    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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