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LST-359

 

LST-359 was laid down on 21 November 1942 at the Charleston Navy Yard; launched on 11 January 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Albert Miller Penn; and commissioned on 9 February 1943, Lt. James A. Ferreola in command.

 

During World War II, LST-359 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the following operations:

 

Sicilian occupation—July and August 1942

Salerno landings—September 1943

Convoy KMS-31—November 1943

Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings — January through March 1944

Invasion of Normandy—June 1944

 

LST-359 was sunk on 20 December 1944 by a submarine torpedo in the eastern Atlantic. On 8 February 1945, she was struck from the Navy list.

 

LST-359 earned five battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.