July 1943 - USS LST-325 After Action Report for Operation Husky

July 1943 - USS LST-325 After Action Report for Operation Husky

Joined: August 25th, 2003, 11:23 am

July 22nd, 2010, 10:58 pm #1

10 July 1943

0215 Kool Force started circling at Lat. 36°40N Long. 14°12E. 15 miles off Gela, Sicily. Search lights, flares, flashes from bombs and large rifles, and anti-aircraft fire could be seen at various points along beach. Sailing under Condition II.

0520 Large twin engine enemy plane approaching off starboard quarter. Dropped six bombs off starboard bow at a distance of 400 yards. General Quarters sounded. No hits scored on force by bombs.

0725 General Quarters secured and Condition II set.

1141 Anchored off Gela, Sicily.

1538 Three enemy planes dropped bombs along beach.

1843 General Quarters sounded.

1936 Bombs dropped off starboard bow. Planes strafing beach.

2030 General Quarters secured and set Condition II.


11 July 1943

0650 Sounded General Quarters. Fifteen enemy bombers overhead, bombs dropped with no hits. Secured General Quarters and set Condition II.

0900 Moving in towards beach for new anchorage. Cruiser Boise crossing bow, shelling shore installations. Shells from enemy long range rifles landing in sea. Two within 100 yards. Hoisted anchor and moved out of range.



1114 Seven enemy planes dropped bombs 2 pts. off starboard bow.

1450 General Quarters. Two enemy light bombers overhead. 5 bombs dropped. No hits.

1549 Bombing and strafing of ships unloading on beach by three enemy fighters. General Quarters. Twelve enemy heavy bombers overhead; dropped bombs hitting ship of liberty type off port quarter. Bomb landed in one of forward holds setting it on fire. Ship lost.

The ship hit and lost was the USS Robert Rowan


2017 Underway, moving in to beach to commence unloading of vehicles and men.Anchored by stern anchor off yellow beach.

2035 Bow doors opened and ramp lowered.

2201 General Quarters.

2209 Light flares dropped over area.Bombing and strafing by low level bombers. 2338 Secured from General Quarters.


12 July 1943

0240 Started unloading. Cargo being discharged by use of LCTs.

0845 Unloading completed.All personnel and vehicles disembarked on LCTs and landed safely on Green Beach.

1119 Orders to get underway for Tunis, Tunisia; forming in convoy with LSTs 307, 4, 335 and 369.

Ammunition expended during period of action:
40 rounds of 40mm
500 rounds of 20mm
5 rounds of 3"50

No casualties during period of operation.
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

July 23rd, 2010, 2:27 am #2

Those bombs dropping all around them had to bump up the nerve endings just a bit! We often talk about some invasions and others not as much. This is one that we haven't talked about a great deal.

Did your Dad or his shipmates have any special memories of this invasion that you can share? I remember something about tomatoes....
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Joined: September 14th, 2003, 9:51 pm

July 23rd, 2010, 4:34 am #3

10 July 1943

0215 Kool Force started circling at Lat. 36°40N Long. 14°12E. 15 miles off Gela, Sicily. Search lights, flares, flashes from bombs and large rifles, and anti-aircraft fire could be seen at various points along beach. Sailing under Condition II.

0520 Large twin engine enemy plane approaching off starboard quarter. Dropped six bombs off starboard bow at a distance of 400 yards. General Quarters sounded. No hits scored on force by bombs.

0725 General Quarters secured and Condition II set.

1141 Anchored off Gela, Sicily.

1538 Three enemy planes dropped bombs along beach.

1843 General Quarters sounded.

1936 Bombs dropped off starboard bow. Planes strafing beach.

2030 General Quarters secured and set Condition II.


11 July 1943

0650 Sounded General Quarters. Fifteen enemy bombers overhead, bombs dropped with no hits. Secured General Quarters and set Condition II.

0900 Moving in towards beach for new anchorage. Cruiser Boise crossing bow, shelling shore installations. Shells from enemy long range rifles landing in sea. Two within 100 yards. Hoisted anchor and moved out of range.



1114 Seven enemy planes dropped bombs 2 pts. off starboard bow.

1450 General Quarters. Two enemy light bombers overhead. 5 bombs dropped. No hits.

1549 Bombing and strafing of ships unloading on beach by three enemy fighters. General Quarters. Twelve enemy heavy bombers overhead; dropped bombs hitting ship of liberty type off port quarter. Bomb landed in one of forward holds setting it on fire. Ship lost.

The ship hit and lost was the USS Robert Rowan


2017 Underway, moving in to beach to commence unloading of vehicles and men.Anchored by stern anchor off yellow beach.

2035 Bow doors opened and ramp lowered.

2201 General Quarters.

2209 Light flares dropped over area.Bombing and strafing by low level bombers. 2338 Secured from General Quarters.


12 July 1943

0240 Started unloading. Cargo being discharged by use of LCTs.

0845 Unloading completed.All personnel and vehicles disembarked on LCTs and landed safely on Green Beach.

1119 Orders to get underway for Tunis, Tunisia; forming in convoy with LSTs 307, 4, 335 and 369.

Ammunition expended during period of action:
40 rounds of 40mm
500 rounds of 20mm
5 rounds of 3"50

No casualties during period of operation.
Although there is a framed copy of that photo (with the cruiser Boise crossing in front) - this one is much better quality - very clear and sharp. Thanks for sharing this stuff.
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Joined: August 25th, 2003, 11:23 am

July 23rd, 2010, 6:22 pm #4

10 July 1943

0215 Kool Force started circling at Lat. 36°40N Long. 14°12E. 15 miles off Gela, Sicily. Search lights, flares, flashes from bombs and large rifles, and anti-aircraft fire could be seen at various points along beach. Sailing under Condition II.

0520 Large twin engine enemy plane approaching off starboard quarter. Dropped six bombs off starboard bow at a distance of 400 yards. General Quarters sounded. No hits scored on force by bombs.

0725 General Quarters secured and Condition II set.

1141 Anchored off Gela, Sicily.

1538 Three enemy planes dropped bombs along beach.

1843 General Quarters sounded.

1936 Bombs dropped off starboard bow. Planes strafing beach.

2030 General Quarters secured and set Condition II.


11 July 1943

0650 Sounded General Quarters. Fifteen enemy bombers overhead, bombs dropped with no hits. Secured General Quarters and set Condition II.

0900 Moving in towards beach for new anchorage. Cruiser Boise crossing bow, shelling shore installations. Shells from enemy long range rifles landing in sea. Two within 100 yards. Hoisted anchor and moved out of range.



1114 Seven enemy planes dropped bombs 2 pts. off starboard bow.

1450 General Quarters. Two enemy light bombers overhead. 5 bombs dropped. No hits.

1549 Bombing and strafing of ships unloading on beach by three enemy fighters. General Quarters. Twelve enemy heavy bombers overhead; dropped bombs hitting ship of liberty type off port quarter. Bomb landed in one of forward holds setting it on fire. Ship lost.

The ship hit and lost was the USS Robert Rowan


2017 Underway, moving in to beach to commence unloading of vehicles and men.Anchored by stern anchor off yellow beach.

2035 Bow doors opened and ramp lowered.

2201 General Quarters.

2209 Light flares dropped over area.Bombing and strafing by low level bombers. 2338 Secured from General Quarters.


12 July 1943

0240 Started unloading. Cargo being discharged by use of LCTs.

0845 Unloading completed.All personnel and vehicles disembarked on LCTs and landed safely on Green Beach.

1119 Orders to get underway for Tunis, Tunisia; forming in convoy with LSTs 307, 4, 335 and 369.

Ammunition expended during period of action:
40 rounds of 40mm
500 rounds of 20mm
5 rounds of 3"50

No casualties during period of operation.
Yes, it's easy to focus on the Normandy invasion, because it was such a significant moment in history, and the invasions of Silicy and Salerno get pushed aside a bit. But for the crew of the 325, this was their baptism in fire, and under fire they most definitely were, especially here at Sicily. My dad talked about going topside once as they were under fire, and it scared him so much he ran straight back to his station in the engine room!

One of the worst memories of any of the crew happened during this time... it happened when they were anchored in the harbor at Gela after it was taken, and the ships had just secured from a large German air raid. On the tail end of that, American transport planes came overhead, filled with paratroopers. Being it was dark, and thinking this was yet another German raid, all the ships... including the 325... opened fire on them and shot down several of our own planes. It was a painful leasson, and its why the airborne troops flew such a round-about route away from the fleet during the Normandy invasion the following year.

A can of tomatoes? I'm not sure I remember that... I do remember a story about a can of hard candy that was taken by the black gang from the Captain's mess. They felt so guilty about taking it though that they never had any, and it ended up being thrown overboard! Then there was the time they were cooking ham slices for sandwiches down in the engine room one night, forgetting that its intoxicating smell was being exhausted right by the Captain's quarters! Pretty soon they get a call from the Skipper, "Hey, make one of those for me!"
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

July 24th, 2010, 3:49 am #5

They were at Sicily too... and amazed to see farmers working in fields along the coastline.. harvesting tomatoes. When, later, they could actually go ashore, they bought or traded for some. It was a very special treat for them.

Your comment about your Dad on deck during fire, just proves that no place on the ship was 'safe', that all of these fellows were in danger at all times. I have to wonder that they survived the long term stress conditions. I know my own Dad was 'jumpy' long after the war was over... probably due to just this type of condition, Brolly. Your Dad wasn't alone!

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