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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 - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 6 August 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 27 October 1943
Commissioned USS LST-505, 27 December 1943, LT. John A. Meadows in command
During World War II USS LST-505 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
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 May to 10 June 1945
|Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-505 came 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-Ten
Following World War II USS LST-505 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|23 September 1945 to 4 February 1946||13 February to 19 May 1946
Decommissioned, 11 June 1946;
Struck from the Naval Register, 16 September 1947
USS LST-505 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
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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||Southern France Invasion, August 1944. LST's loading invasion supplies and vehicles at Nisida, Italy, 9 August 1944, just prior to the
Southern France Operation. Note barrage balloons overhead. Ships loading on beach include (left to right):
USS LST-1020; and
USS LST-995; among others. Passing by in center distance is
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-258037, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
||USS LST-505 beached, southern France, date unknown.
||USS LST-505 beached and unloading a barrel of wine, southern France, date unknown.
||USS LST-505 under way with loaded with troops and equipment for the invasion beaches in southern France, date unknown.
||USS LST-505 high and dry on the beach at Normandy, June 1944. The stern of HM LST-304 is at right with her kedge anchor cable extend.
||USS LST-505 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-505 beached at Okinawa while married to a pontoon causeway, date unknown.
||Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
||USS LST-505 and USS LST-125 at Shanghai, 6 March 1946.
||Susan Bloom, courtesy Melvin Donner and Joe Avedisian USS LST-125
">Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS).
|01||LT. Meadows, John A., USNR||27 December 1943 - October 1945|
|02||LT. Sanford, Loran T., USNR||October 1945 - December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Mintz, Morton A. USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|04||LTjg. Folger, John Kenneth, USNR||March 1946 - 11 June 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 28 April 2017
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