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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 July 1942, at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 11 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-393, 11 December 1942, LT. John R. Halifax, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-393 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 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

  • Decommissioned, 5 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 March 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold to Sand Products Corp., Detroit, MI., 28 March 1948 for conversion to merchant service; renamed MV Highway 16
  • Acquired by the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum circa May 2002 for restoration as a National Historic Site
  • Acquired by the LST 393 Preservation Association, date unknown
  • Current Disposition, open to the public in Muskegon, MI.
  • USS LST-393 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    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-393
    LST-392 484k USS LST-393 and USS LST-392 moored pierside at Oran, Algeria, date unknown. Eugene Coughenour SM/1c USNR V6, USS LST-7
    LST-392 43k USS LST-393 in full camouflage paint, location unknown, circa 1945. Submitted by Bob Partell for his father-in-law Gene Wojciechowski USS LST-393
    LST-392 43k USS LST-393 at anchor, location unknown, circa 1945. Submitted by Bob Partell for his father-in-law Gene Wojciechowski USS LST-393
    Merchant Service
    LST-393 29k Ex-LST-393 in commercial service as MV Highway 16, Great Lakes, date unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Museum Ship
    LST-393 79k Ex-LST-393 moored at her berth in Muskegon, MI., date unknown. LST 393 Preservation Association

    USS LST-393
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Halifax, John R., USNR11 December 1942 - December 1943
    02LT. Knight, William C., USNRDecember 1943 - September 1944
    03LT. McRae, Robert D., USNSeptember 1944 - May 1945
    04LTjg. Miller, F. P., USNRMay 1945 - August 1945
    05LTjg. Spatz, Raymond L., USNRAugust 1945 - February 1946
    06LTjg. Krause, Robert L., USNRFebruary 1946 - 5 March 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
    NN Most Improbable Aircraft Carriers
    The Brodie System - Runway On A Rope
    Brodie System YouTube video
    Brodie Landing System
    The Saga of the Seasick US Army Piper Cubs on the Navy's Smallest Aircraft Carriers
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    USS LST-393
    USS LST 393 Veterans Museum on Facebook
    Historic Naval Ships Visitors Guide - LST-393
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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