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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 September 1942, at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 23 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-395, 19 December 1942, LT. Alexander C. Forbes, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-395 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT. E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Three, CDR. T.C. Linthicum, USN;
    LST Division Forty-Five and
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. G. B. Carter, USN
    LST Group Thirteen, CDR R.W. Lejeunesse, USN
    LST Division Twenty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    New Georgia Group operations
    New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 1 July 1943
    Vella Lavella occupation, 15 and 21 August 1943
    Western New Guinea operations
    Biak Island operation, 28 to 31 May 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 4 August and 6 to 12 August 1944
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 6 and 17 November 1943
    Borneo operations
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 9 July 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 28 April 1944 Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-395 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 25 September to 14 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS LST-395 earned six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 September 1947, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD., and subsequently scrapped
    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-395 50k USS LST-395 beached, date and location unknown. Casey O'Conner
    LST-395 168k A bulldozer pulls a heavy field piece from the hold of USS LST-395 while beached at Rendova, Solomon Islands after the Marines landed and pushed the Japanese off the island, circa July 1943.
    US Marine Corps photo.
    Steve Millhouse for his father Boyd Millhouse USS LST-395
    205k USS LST-395 beached at Middleburg Island, Dutch New Guinea, 1 August 1944, while the 836th US Army Engineers unload their heavy equipment to be used in the construction of a landing strip on the island.
    US National Archives - US Army Air Corps photo 68161 A.C.
    Jason Post

    USS LST-395
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT./LCDR. Forbes, Alexander Cochrane, USNR19 December 1942 - 30 August 1944
    02LT. Paddon, Roy Bell,USN30 August 1944 - December 1944
    03LTjg./LT. Saale, Charles W., USNRDecember 1944 - November 1945
    04LTjg./LT. Woods, Thomas J., USNRNovember 1945 - March 1946
    05ENS. Larson Jr., Oscar M., USNRMarch 1946 - 10 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
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary May 1944
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary July 1944
    History of LST Flotilla Seven
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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