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LST-399

 

LST-399 was laid down on 28 September 1942 at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.; launched on 23 November 1942; sponsored by Miss Valerie Mac-pherson; and commissioned on 4 January 1943.

 

During World War II, LST-399 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

 

New Georgia Group operation:

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

(b) Vella Lavella occupation—August 1943

Treasury Island landing—October and November 1943

Capture and occupation of Guam—July 1944

Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima—February 1945

Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto—April 1945

 

Following the war, LST-399 performed occupation duty in the Far East in the fall of 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 8 December 1945. The tank landing ship served with the Military Sealift Command as USNS LST-399 (T-LST-399) from 31 March 1952 until struck from the Navy list on 1 November 1973 and subsequently scrapped.

 

LST-399 earned five battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.