I spoke with Pat yesterday. He was delighted to have recieved the photographs from Mr. Creekmore. Pat indicated that he did not remember LST-981 being there but thought that the other ship might have arrived while he was on shore leave. He also recalled that the 312 and 384 were positioned differently and it made sense that the damaged ships might have needed to have been moved out of the way. It is possible that the photos were taken of the three ships in a different location.
Pat mentioned during the phone conversation that the officers and the crew were relocated to a rest camp for two to three weeks after the bombing. He said that the officers were kept with the crew to watch over them. Pat said he was later temporarily assigned to another LST but couldn't recall the ship. It wasn't long before he was back on the 312 - to take her back on a slow voyage for repairs.
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