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Sunk by accidental fire and explosion, 18 August 1943
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 28 September 1942, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 23 November 1942
Commissioned USS LST-396, 23 December 1942, LT. Eric. W. White, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-396 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
|New Georgia Group operation
New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 1 July 1943
Vella Lavella occupation, 17 and 18 August 1943
Sunk by accidental fire and explosion off the Solomon Islands, 18 August 1943
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 September 1943
USS LST-396 earned one battle star 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-396 unloads M3 halftracks across a coral causeway, making the pontoons on her sides unnecessary. She is spot-painted in an effort to protect chipped off rust spots. The pontoons were typically battered, rusted, and scarred from hard use. The hull number is in black 2ft figures.
Photo and text from "Landing Ship Tank (LST) 1942-2002" by Gordon L. Rottman.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. White, Eric Walter, USNR||23 December 1942 - 18 August 1943|
|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
Last Updated 22 August 2014
This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|