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USS LST-506


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Xray - Romeo
NDXR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 August 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 4 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-506, 3 January 1944, LTjg. Melvin R. Downes, Melvin R., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-506 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    European-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Decommissioned, 24 July 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold, 4 December 1947, to Southern Trading Co., Philadelphia, PA., fate unknown
  • USS LST-506 earned one battle star 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-506 172k USS LST-506 loading LCT-80, date and location unknown for transport to the European Theater. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 125k View of USS LST-506 main deck looking aft from the foc'sle area. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 174k View of USS LST-506 starboard side main deck looking aft. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 132k USS LST-506 moored at Falmouth, England in 1944. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 71k A USS LST-506 signalman checks his equipment while the ship is moored at Southampton, England in 1944. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 107k USS LST-506 crew members Bauer and McDowell man on of the ship's 20mm AA gun mounts. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 65k USS LST-506 while being dry docking at Falmouth, England, 22 September 1944. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 144k USS LST-506 unloading vehicles at Drammen, Norway, date unknown. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 134k USS LST-506 at anchor in 1945, location unknown. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 174k USS LST-506 Signalman with light. Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c USS LST-506 submitted by his granddaughter Kathleen Mayo Kendrick
    LST-506 96k USS LST-506 beached at Mill Creek, Solomons, MD., June 1946 Photos by Ens. W.R. Santschi USS LST-509

    USS LST-506
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Downes, Melvin R., USNR3 December 1943 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Tracy, E. A., USNRNovember - 1945 - 1946
    03LTjg. Walker, George T.1946 - 24 July 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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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