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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Xray - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - (Normandy 1944) - American Campaign Medal - European-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-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 18 June 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 25 September 1943
Commissioned USS LST-502, 8 December 1943, LT J. T. Lytle, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-502 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and
participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy, 5 to 25 June 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 May to 18 June 1945
|Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
While assigned the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-502 was under the command of:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Nine, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
LST Group One Hundred-Five, CDR. E. P Wilson USN (20);
LST Division Two Hundred-Nine
Following World War II USS LST-502 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|28 September to 11 November1945
|21 November to 13 December 1945
|25 December 1945 to 4 February 1946
Decommissioned, 4 February 1946
Transferred, 20 May 1948, by the Maritime Commission to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q041
Struck from the Naval Register, 23 December 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 May 1948, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
USS LST-502 earned three battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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-502 at anchor in the left background off Omaha Beach, circa 10 June 1944. In the foreground "Rhino" ferry RHF-19 lands vehicles on Omaha Beach. In the right center distance is the sunken hulk of the old British battleship Centurion, which had been scuttled as part of the Omaha Beach Gooseberry artificial breakwater.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-47392, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS LST-502 beached on Omaha Beach in June 1944. Note the 13 barrage balloons protecting the immediate area.
||USS LST-502 moored pierside at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 15 December 1944.
US National Archies photo # DD635 19LCM
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Lytle, J. T., USN||26 November 1943 - 4 February 1946|
|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
Last Updated 26 September 2015
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