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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from 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, 22 July 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 30 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-511, 3 January 1944, LT. John Yacevich in command
  • During World War II USS LST-511 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned, 19 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • USS LST-511 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold in 1947 to the St. Charles Transportation Co., Ltd. of Quebec, Province of Quebec, Canada and named MV Guy Bartholomew
    Sold in 1948 to Corporation Maritime Rive-Nord, Ltd. of Quebec
    Sold in 1969 to Agence Maritime, Inc. of Quebec and renamed MV Fort Kent
    Sold in 1979 to Logisec Navigation, Inc. of Quebec
    Final Disposition, fate unknown

    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    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 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
    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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    USS LST-511
    LST-511 29k USS LST-511 off the Normandy, Omaha Beachhead, Red Beach, D-Day, 6 June 1944. LST-511was designated a hospital ship for the invasion with two doctors and a contingent of corpsmen. She completed 50 round trips from English ports to the Normandy beaches. LST-511 was also one of the 8 LSTs participating in Exercise Tiger, a practice for D-Day on April 28, during which German E-boats attacked, hitting three of the 8 LST. Two sank immediately and the third was towed to port by its own LCVPs. US Navy photo. LTjg. John Young USNR USS LST-511
    Merchant Service
    LST-511 94k Ex-USS LST-511 underway while in commercial service as the St. Charles Transportation Co., Ltd. of Quebec, MV Guy Bartholomew, circa 1947-48. Photo from the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes. Bowling Green University Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS LST-511
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Yacevich, John3 January 1944 - 10 June 1945
    02LT. McAuley Jr., John Joseph10 June 1945 - 29 October 1945
    03LT. Jackson, Lyle W.29 October 1945 - 19 December 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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