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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 9 Sept. 1943 - Salerno landings, Normandy 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)

Individual Awards
The Commanding Officer of LST-355, LT. Albert J. Cadaret USN, was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Charleston Navy Yard. Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 16 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-355, 22 December 1942, LT. Norman L. Knipe, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-355 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    European-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-355 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 October 1945 to 20 January 1946
    30 January to 6 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 6 March 1946
  • Transferred by the Maritime Commission, 10 April 1946, to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q084
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1947
  • USS LST-355 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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-355 33k USS LST-355 unloading trucks while high and dry on the beach at Normandy, circa June 1944. Al Cadaret for his father LT. Albert J. Cadaret, USN, CO USS LST-355
    LST-355 27k USS LST-355 underway in heavy weather, date unknown. Al Cadaret for his father LT. Albert J. Cadaret, USN, CO USS LST-355
    LST-355 56k USS LST-355 and another LST (LST-355 is the closer of the two) on the beach at Normandy along with numerous other ships and landing craft, June 1944. Al Cadaret for his father LT. Albert J. Cadaret, USN, CO USS LST-355
    LCI(L)-416 114k USS LST-355 lays to seaward of the sunken USS LCI(L)-416 off Omaha Beach amidst reinforcement and cleanup activities on 7 June 1944. In the lower right corner are LCT(6)-637 and an unidentified LCT. US National Archives photo from the USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association 2006 calendar. (Note this is a cropped image of photo #3) Ardie Hunt
    LST-355 155k Scene on a Gushikawa beach, shortly after a large ammunition explosion wrecked LCT-560 and damaged several other ships, on January 2, 1946. Ships landing on beach are (from left to right):
    USS LST-355,
    USS LST-783,
    LCT(5)LCT 141,
    LCT(6)LCT-560 (destroyed),
    LCT(6)LCT-891, and
    LCT(6)LCT-785. Offshore is
    USS LST-920, which had been beached between the other two LSTs at the time of the explosion.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 76149. Courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Frank L. Howard (Ret.)
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS LST-355
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USS LST-355 Official US Navy History

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Knipe Jr., Norman L., USNR22 December 1942 - July 1943
    02LT. Cadaret, Albert J., USNJuly 1943 - 13 March 1945
    03LT. Rankin Jr.,E. L., USNR13 March 1945 - 5 November 1945
    04LT. Kelley, John J., USNR5 November 1945 - 6 March 1946

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Letter from David H. Clement Capt. MC. US Army, Ship’s Surgeon during battle for Salerno
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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