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LST-396

 

LST-396 was laid down on 28 September 1942 at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.; launched on 23 November 1942; sponsored by Miss Ann Hathaway Callis; and commissioned on 23 December 1942, Lt. E. W. White in command.

 

During World War II, LST-396 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

LST-396 was sunk by accidental fire and explosion off the Solomon Islands on 18 August 1943. She was struck from the Navy list on 3 September 1943.

 

LST-396 earned one battle star and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.