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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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-352 transferred to the Royal Navy in December 1944 for the duration of World War II and to Greece in 1946
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 9 November 1942, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 7 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-352, 26 February 1943, LT. Joseph Kahrs Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-352 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 West coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January to 4 February and 21 February to 1 March 1944
    Elba and Pianosa landings, 17 June 1944
    Salerno landings 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of southern France 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 24 December 1944
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-352, 24 December 1944
  • Underwent refit at Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at Bremerhaven, Germany, 2 August 1946.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1946
  • USS LST-352 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold to Greece, sometime between 21 November 1946 and 6 January 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers, 131 enlisted
    Boats 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
    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-352 83k USS LST-352 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USS LST-352
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kahrs Jr., Joseph, USNR26 February 1943 - April 1944
    02LT. Breaux, J. C.April 1944 - November 1944
    03LTjg. Lyness, Charles Vincent USNRNovember 1944 - 24 December 1944
    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
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