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USS LST-502


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Xray - Delta
NDXD
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

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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
    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-502 135k 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
    LST-502 58k USS LST-502 beached on Omaha Beach in June 1944. Note the 13 barrage balloons protecting the immediate area. Courtesy Skylighters
    LST-502 160k USS LST-502 moored pierside at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 15 December 1944.
    US National Archies photo # DD635 19LCM
    John Chiquoine

    USS LST-502
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lytle, J. T., USN26 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
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