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Nicknamed by her crew "Palermo Pete"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal (3)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 October 1942, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 16 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-357, 22 December 1942, Lt. J. C. Reynolds in command
  • During World War II LST-357 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    European Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation
    Licata, Sicily July 10,1943
    Invasion of Normandy
    Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944
    Salerno landings
    9 September 1943

  • Following World War II LST-357 performed occupation duty in the Far East in October and November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 8 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 April 1948, to the Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
  • LST-357 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers, 131 enlisted
    Boats 2 or 6 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-357 84k LST-357 launching, 16 November 1942, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC.
    US Navy photo.
    Bob Hall
    LST-357 66k LST-357 after launching, 16 November 1942, on the Cooper River, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC.
    US Navy photo.
    Bob Hall
    LST-357 104k LST-357 beached at Salerno, Italy, 9 September 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-82347, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    William M. Peacock, LST-357
    LST-357 70k LST-357 being loaded in south England for the Normandy invasion. Hyperwar US Navy
    in World War II
    LST-357 57k LST-357 ready for inspection in a southern English port by King George VI, circa May 1944. Warren Storms for his father Fred Storms MoM/c USS LST-357
    LST-357 254k Newspaper article about King George VI's visit to LST-357 which also contains a letter written by Fred Storms to his parents on 7 June 1944 concerning the King's visit. Warren Storms for his father Fred Storms MoM/c USS LST-357
    LST-357 80k LST-357 underway, date and place unknown
    US Navy photo.
    Bob Hall
    LST-357 84k LST-357 beached at Omaha Beach, Normandy, 6 June 1944. Jesse Iatonna LCT-218

    View the LST-357
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
    Fleet Reserve Association

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