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USS LST-49


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Whiskey - Juliet
NYWJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 August 1943, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
  • Launched, 9 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-49, 20 November 1943, LT. H.B. Field, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-49 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, June 1945
    Invasion of southern France, August and September 1944  

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-49 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. R. F. J. Shea, USN (23);
    LST Group One Hundred Seven CDR. L. F. Teuscher, USN (23);
    LST Division Two Hundred Thirteen
  • Following World War II USS LST-49 performed occupation duty in the Far East and service in China until March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 11 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS LST-49 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 4 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats
    As Built 6 LCVPs
    Modified 4 LCVPs
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-49 533k USS LST-49 Commissioning crew photo, 20 November 1943, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA. Commanding Officer LT. H.B. Field, extreme right, Ens. Roy Englert, extreme left, Ens R.T. Sceery. Black Gang at left side of group photo. For the LST-49 Association;
    LTjg. Roy T. Englert USNR USS LST-49
    LST-49 255k USS LST-49" LCVP-1 (rocket boat) in the forward starboard davits at Falmouth England, 4 March 1944. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 370k LSTs land invasion supplies on "Omaha" Beach, shortly after the 6 June 1944 "D-Day" assault.
    LSTs on the beach include from (right to left):
    USS LST-312
    HM LST-320
    HM LST-321
    USS LST-72
    USS LST-51? last digit not visible)
    HM LST-324
    USS LST-311
    USS LST-49
    USS LST-373
    USS LST-47 and two unidentified LSTs.
    Note: bow numbers of the British ships enclosed in colored blocks; crowd of shipping offshore; barrage balloons over many of the ships. Photo was released for publication, 23 October 1944
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-46817 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Ed Medlyn for his father Hank Medlyn F1/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 493k USS LST-49 beached on Omaha Beach. USS LST-49 made many landings at "Omaha" and "Utah" beaches including Sugar-Red and Fox beaches, during and after the initial landing on 6 June 1944. On 6 June a doctor and corpsman from "Foxxy 29" took aboard casualties for the return trip to England. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Arthur L Long MoMM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 478k
    LST-49 465k USS LST-49 beached on Omaha beach, after the initial invasion, June 1944. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 494k USS LST-49 beached on "Green" Beach, Southern France near St. Raphael. USS LST-49 was the first ship on "Green" Beach. These photos was taken 4 hours after H-Hour, 12 Noon 15 August 1944. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Arthur L Long MoMM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 319k
    LST-49 583k
    LST-49 1223k LSTs, including USS LST-49, unload Tank Destroyers on D-Day, 15 August 1944, during the invasion of Southern France.US National Archives photos # III-SC 192909, a US Army Signal Corps photos, by Stubenrauch, 163rd Signal Photo Company, now in the collections of the US National Archives. Dave Kerr
    LST-49 181k USS LST-49 loaded and out bound to sea from Oran, Algeria, circa August-September 1944. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 243k USS LST-49 at anchor after being loaded out with material for the invasion of southern France, circa August-September 1944, location unknown. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 520k USS LST-49 at Oran, Algeria loading out with troops and material bound for southern France. This load included an elegant cabin cruiser. circa September 1944. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 284k USS LST-49 moored pierside at Oran, Algeria in November 1944. Note seaman painting over the side and LCT-790 alongside. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 223k USS LST-49 seaman painting over the side at Oran, Algeria in November 1944. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 215k USS LST-49 moored in the harbor at Oran, Algeria circa November 1944. MoMM2/c McKown at the bow of one of the ships LCVPs heading to the ship. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 302k USS LST-49 moored at Oran, Algeria circa November 1944. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 41k New York City skyline from USS LST-49, December 1944 For the LST-49 Association;
    M.D. Reid MoMM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 284k Part of USS LST-49's "Black Gang" in New York City, December 1944. It had just started to snow. First row from left to right; Edwards, Reid, Madsen, Teresa, ENS. Micklus, Bush, Dameworth, Mangin, Conners. Second row left to right; Reeves, Couch, Bishop, Johnsen, Crouch, Bissett, Requa, Dykzel. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 476k Looking aft on the main deck of USS LST-49 with beams in place and ready to load LCT-562, 23 February 1945, at Davisville R.I. LCT-562 was later loaded aboard on 13 March 1945 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 242k The officers and crew of USS LST-49 conducting a Memorial service, 15 April 1945, in honor of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The crew was assembled in the well deck of LCT-562. For the LST-49 Association;
    Larry Palmer BM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 410k USS LST-49 black gang and Engineering Officer George Micklus during the shipboard Memorial service, 15 April 1945, in honor of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa Momm3/c USS LST-49
    LST-49 289k Firing squad aboard USS LST-49 during the Memorial service, 15 April 1945, in honor of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa Momm3/c USS LST-49
    LST-49 515k LCT-1233 "Sea Pup" being loaded aboard USS LST-49, 22 August 1945 in West Loch, Pearl Harbor, T.H. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 336k
    LST-49 269k USS LST-49 at sea, 6 June 1945, the day after a typhoon off Okinawa. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa Momm3/c USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/c USS LST-49
    LST-49 123k USS LST-49 at Nakagasuka Wan (Buckner Bay) Okinawa, 7 June 1945. USS LST-49 arrived together with USS LST-827 (Riley Requa's identical twin brother was a crew member of LST-827 and they were able to spend a few days together). LCT-562 secured to the main deck of LST-49, had been loaded aboard, 13 March 1945, at Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York and was launched in June 1945 at Okinawa. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 77k
    LST-49
    1016004921
    456k USS LST-49 main deck looking forward after launching LCT-562 at Okinawa.
    Photo 1016004921 - all beams on deck
    Photo 1016004922 - three beams still on deck
    Photo 1016004923 - last beam in water with an LCM coming alongside forward to retrieve them.
    For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49
    1016004922
    262k
    LST-49
    1016004923
    375k
    LST-49 242k USS LST-49 grounded on a reef at Okinawa, 26 June 1945. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa Momm3/c USS LST-49 and Larry Palmer BM2/c USS LST-49
    LST-49 452k USS LST-49 moored to a buoy with bow doors open a ramp down, and with destroyer alongside, date and location unknown. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 413k A topside muster of the crew of USS LST-49 as LT G. G. Strickland is relieved of command by LT Lee. D Jones, at Saipan, 15 July 1945. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 452k USS LST-49 underway, 8 October 1945 with LCT-1233 loaded on her main deck while attempting to get out of the path of Typhoon "Louise" which struck Okinawa, 9 October 1945. LCT-1233 had been loaded aboard USS LST-49, 22 August 1945, in West Loch Pearl Harbor and was launched, 1 November 1945, in Taku in Pohai Wan, North China. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 197k View from starboard side overlooking one of the ships boats as USS LST-49 waits for a river pilot before entering the Yangtze River delta, 21 September 1945. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 354k The bow and stern of two of USS LST-49 LCVPs frame a Chinese junk while underway on the Yangtze River, 22 September 1945. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 268k USS LST-49 moored outboard of USS LST-41 at Shanghai, circa 22 to 29 September 1945. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 83k USS LST-49 moored at Shanghai, China, 22 to 29 September 1945, with USS LCI(G)-68 alongside. While in port the ship was painted by Chinese painters from bow to stern, port to starboard, top side and below decks to the bilges. ramp. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 146k
    LST-49 155k
    LST-49 161k
    LST-49 46k USS LST-49 anchored at Taku in Pohai Wan, North China from 1 November 1945 to 15 March 1946 while serving as the Fleet Post Office for the area. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 146k
    LST-49 42k USS LST-49 beached, date and location unknown while unloading equipment. Note bulldozer backing out of the tank deck in photo 1016004932. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 160k
    LST-49
    1016004932
    363k
    LST-49 282k USS LST-49 conn, date and location unknown. For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 80k USS LST-49 superstructure, date and location unknown. For the LST-49 Association;
    M.D. Reid MoMM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-49 586k USS LST-49 "Black Gang," 21 April 1946 at Shanghai China. Front Row; Hooten, Long, Dover, Kelly, Kachelmeyer, Reid. Second Row; Davey, Pulse, Blackwell, Hooson, Day, Beasley, Decker, Bean. Third Row; Marsh, Hoerle, Lerch. /font> For the LST-49 Association;
    Riley R. Requa MoMM3/C USS LST-49

    USS LST-49
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Field, Henry B., USNR20 November 1943 - 1 May 1944
    02LT. Strickland, Glenn G., USNR1 May 1944 - December 1944
    03LTjg. Sceery, Robert T., USNRDecember 1944 - February 1945
    04LT. Strickland, Glenn G., USNRFebruary 1945 - 15 July 1945
    05LT. Jones, Lee D., USNR15 July 1945 - 18 December 1945
    06LT. Flournoy, Camp R., USNR18 December 1945 - 12 April 1946
    07LT. Stapleton, Mike, USN12 April 1946 - 11 June 1946
    Courtesy Riley R. Requa

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