American Landing ship
|Type:||Landing ship (LST-1)|
|Completed||1943 - Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston SC|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||20 Dec 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-870 (Ernst Hechler)|
|Position||42.04N, 19.08W - Grid CF 2636|
|Complement||107 officers and men (2 dead and 105 survivors).|
|Route||Plymouth - USA|
|History||Completed in February 1943 as USS LST-359. She participated in the following landings: Sicily, Salerno, Anzio-Nettuno and Normandy. The vessel earned five battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for her World War 2 service. |
|Notes on loss|
In the morning on 20 Dec, 1944, U-870 fired torpedoes at a convoy of landing ships about 370 miles from Sao Miguel, Azores and reported USS LST-350, USS LST-369 and an escort vessel sunk. In fact, USS LST-359 was sunk and USS Fogg (DE 57) damaged by a Gnat.
USS LST-359 was in tow by the American tug Farallon when she was hit on the port side by one torpedo and sank after breaking in two during the afternoon. Two crewmen were lost. Seven officers and 98 ratings were taken off by the American tug Moose Peak and later transferred to the fleet oiler USS Mattole (AO 17).
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