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November - Foxtrot - Uniform - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe, Africa, Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-211 was sold to the Republic of China by Ship & Power Equipment Corp.,and named Chung Sheng
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 5 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-211, 6 July 1943, LT. Raymond H. Ambron, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-211 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following actions/campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS-37, 11 to 12 April 1944 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, 20 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
  • USS LST-211 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold to Ships & Power Equipment Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Resold to the Republic of China in 1947, named Chung Sheng
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 6 LCVP
    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
    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-211 13k USS LST-211, offloading equipment, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-211 12k USS LST-211 loading Italian Prisoners of War at Florence, date unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-211 62k USS LST-211 moored in harbor with other LSTs, date and location unknown. Arthur Neal for his father Lacy Neal SC/3 USS LST-177
    LST-211 9k USS LST-211 bow doors open, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-211 19k USS LST-211 underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    LST-211 104k USS LST-211 crew at attention while LTjg Smith receives the Silver Star. Robert Rutter, photo by his grandfather CAPT. Anthony Kohout Jr. CO USS LST-211
    LST-211 95k USS LST-211 engine room. Robert Rutter, photo by his grandfather CAPT. Anthony Kohout Jr. CO USS LST-211

    USS LST-211
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ambron, Raymond H., USNR6 July 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Schwegler, Gordon M.,USNR1944 - February 1945
    03LT. Maxon, Thomas R.,USNR February 1945 - November 1945
    04LCDR. Kohout Jr., Anthony, USNRNovember 1945 - 20 November 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
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