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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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 14 July 1942, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 28 October 1942
Commissioned USS LST-392, 7 December 1942, LT. Louis R. Lemaire, Jr., USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-392 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Decommissioned, 12 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 October 1947, to H. H. Buncher Co., Pittsburgh, PA.
USS LST-392 earned four battle stars for World War II service
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Tunisian occupations, 6 May to 9 July 1943
||Salerno landings, 12 to 21 September 1943
|Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
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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||LST-392 launching, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA., launched, 28 October 1942.
||S. DAle Hargrave
||USS LST-392 and USS LST-393 moored pierside at Oran, Algeria, date unknown.
||Eugene Coughenour SM/1c USNR V6, USS LST-7
III-SC 182816. Box 187
||USS LST-392 and HM LST-160 with other LSTs beached on the beach side of the breakwater at Termini-Imerese, Sicily, 13 September 1943 while loading reinforcements for the American 5th Army during the Salerno landing campaign.
US National Archives photos # III-SC 182816, Box 187 and III-SC 182819, Box 187, US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
III-SC 182819. Box 187
||In the first such attempt, using a specially constructed ramp, the Army Transportation
Corps, unloads freight cars from USS LST-392 in Cherbourg Harbor, 1 August 1944.
US National Archives photo # III-SC 192961 a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Bill Gonyo and Dave Kerr
||USS LST-392 unloading troops on the bank of the Rhine River in early 1945 after unloading elements of the 8th Armored Division.
||Pete Harlem, Courtesy Charlie McDonnell of 8th Armored Division Assn
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Lemaire Jr., Louis R., USNR||7 December 1942 - December 1943|
|02||LT. Walker, John D., USNR||December 1943 - May 1945
|03||LT. Blalock, Samuel G., USNR||May 1945 - December 1945
|04||LT. Watkins, James C., USN||December 1945 - 12 April 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
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United States LST Association
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