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International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 10 October 1943, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
Launched, 20 November 1943
Commissioned USS LST-55, 6 January 1944, LT. Alfred S. Mills, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-55 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 11 December 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 March 1948, to Ships & Power Equipment Corp., Barber, N.J.
USS LST-55 earned one battle star for World War II service
European-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
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
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||USS LST-55, USS LST-53 and USS LST-54 moored, date unknown, probably in the United Kingdom.
||Submitted by Frank Principe, Jr., Photo by Frank James Principe, Sr., USS LST-54
||USS LST-55 and USS LST-61 unloading cargo on Omaha Beach, Normandy, June 1944.
||USS LST-55 on Omaha Beach, Normandy, June 1944.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Mills, Alfred S., USNR||6 January 1944 - August 1945|
|02||LT. Trombold, Walter S., USNR||August 1945 - 11 December 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Floyd Johnston USS LST-55 photo collection Part 1
Floyd Johnston USS LST-55 photo collection Part 2
Last Updated 4 July 2014
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