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  USS LST-340 (USS Spark IX-196)
LST-1 Class
Tank Landing Ship

Wartime History
On June 16, 1943 while off Guadalcanal at 13:50, attacked by nine Japanese dive bombers. One bomber made two near misses that landed 50' astern and one direct hit on the deck.

Another attacked from the port bow, strafing the bow guns as it bored in and leaving over 100 holes in her port side. The bomb explosion killed one gun crew member and nine Army passengers, wounded four sailors, and wreaked havoc with the ship itself. All communication and electrical systems were knocked out; much of the main deck was completely wrecked; the officer's quarters were gutted by fire; the galley was damaged beyond repair; there was burning fuel in the engine room; and there was no water with which to fight the fires. All troop passengers and all of the ship's complement, other than gun crews and repair parties, abandoned ship.

Beached at Tenaru, and the fires were brought under control four hours later with aid from LST-398. Afterwards, towed to Espiritu Santo for temporary repairs. On October 25, departed for San Francisco arriving on November 24, 1943 and underwent a complete overhaul, remaining at the yard until April 1944.

On October 20, 1944 reclassified as Unclassified Miscellaneous Vessel IX-196 and renamed USS Spark.

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Last Updated
October 7, 2020


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