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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 Macpherson; 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.

Published: Thu Jul 30 10:27:33 EDT 2015