Women Welders of Pittsburgh
|LST-750 on launching day, 30 May 1944, at Dravo Corp., |
Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA. Source
At about 1830, when the convoy was off the southern point of Negros, 20 to 30 enemy planes opened enemy planes opened an attack which lasted an hour and three quarters. The planes split into two groups for a coordinated attack. Ships in the convoy opened fire and within the next half hour bagged three. Shortly after 1900, in bright moonlight, three more groups of planes closed on the convoy on both quarters and astern, and an aerial torpedo hit LST-750. Seaplane tender Half Moon, sent to investigate, reported that she was “finished.” After destroyer Edwards confirmed this sad state of affairs, and had sent over a boarding party to search the LST for wounded (the others having been taken off by LCIs), she was ordered by the escort commander to be sunk. It took two torpedoes, which missed under, and about 150 5-inch hits, to send LST-750 to the bottom.150 5” shells!?!? On top of a torpedo and possible Kamikaze strike. It is almost hard to believe that description is completely accurate. I am not sure many warships at sea today would survive a fraction of that. One way or another it is a testament not only to the crew who sailed it, but the welders (many of whom were women) who built it right here.