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LST-353

 

LST-353 was laid down on 15 July 1942 at the Charleston Navy Yard; launched on 12 October 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Estelle Lynette Cushman; and commissioned on 27 November 1942, Lt. L. E. Reynolds, Jr., USNR, in command.

 

During World War II, LST-353 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

 

Consolidation of southern Solomons—June 1943 New Georgia Group operation:

(a) New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation—July 1943

(b) Vella Lavella occupation—August 1943

Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina—November 1943

 

On 21 May 1944, she was sunk by internal explosion while moored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and struck from the Navy list on 18 July 1944.

 

LST-353 earned three battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.