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USS Burnett County (LST-512)
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USS LST-512 (1944 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Yankee - Hotel
NDYH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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



USS Burnett County (LST-512) was sold to Peru and renamed BAP Paita (LT-35)
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 July 1943, at the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 10 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-512, 8 January 1944
  • During World War II USS LST-512 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, 28 March 1947, laid up in reserve
  • Named USS Burnett County (LST-512), 1 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 February 1957
  • Sold, 11 October 1957 to Peru and renamed BAP Paita (LT-35)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-512 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers, 131 enlisted
    Boats 6 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    USS Burnett County (LST-512)
    LST-512 20k USS LST-512 launching at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL., 10 December 1943. LST Home Port Web Site
    LST-512 91k USS LST-512 on the Ohio River, Lock No. 10, at Steubenville, Ohio,
    she is headed for New Orleans, for final fitting out and commissioning
    Photo by Curtis Ard
    submitted by Marshall Walker
    LST-512 8k USS LST-512 underway, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-512 10k USS LST-512 underway, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-512 9k USS LST-512 underway, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-336 33k Loading German POWs aboard USS LST-512 and USS LST-336 at Normandy, June 1944. Bruce Bidwell
    LST-512 95k A poster from the World War II era featuring LST-512.
    The poster is now in the collections of the Library of Congress.
    Dave Martin
    LST-512 90k USS LST-512 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 229k USS LST-512 with an amtrack leaving through the bow doors, date and location unknown .
    US Navy photo.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 44k USS LST-512 arriving at Chicago, 15 May 1945, prior to commencing her Great Lakes War Bond Drive. Click here to see the US Navy Press Release, dated 21 May 1945. Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 46k
    LST-512 22k Modifications to USS LST-512 for the Great Lakes tour included a folding mast which was fabricated at Chicago in May 1945, prior to commencing her Great Lakes War Bond Drive. Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 16k
    LST-512 120k USS LST-512 under tow by the tug Montana at Calumet Ship and Drydock, Chicago, 21 May 1945, to be modified for Great Lakes operations, prior to commencing her Great Lakes War Bond Drive.
    Photo purchased from Chicago Sun-Times archives.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 110k USS LST-512 moored pierside at Chicago prior to commencing her Great Lakes War Bond Drive, circa May 1945. Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 49k USS LST-512 underway just before she commenced a War Bond Tour of the Great Lakes in 1945, location unknown. LST-512 is camouflaged in a tropical measure for Pacific service. Note the deck constructed forward of the bridge area over the aft cargo hatch. Her signal mast is fitted with a Radio Direction Finder (RDF) antenna and a whip radio antenna is at its peak. Click here to see the US Navy Press Release, dated 11 June 1945 for the ship's stop at Detroit, MI.
    Photo from Real War Photos from "Landing Craft in Action in WWII." author unknown.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 97k USS LST-512 moored at Bob-Lo Island Amusement Park at Detroit, during her Great Lakes tour in 1945.
    US Navy photo.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 112k USS LST-512 Chief Petty Officers and Marine Detachment Sargents, during her Great Lakes tour in 1945. Left to Right: Chief Commissary Steward F.F. Germanine; Chief Motor Machinist Mate O.W. Elober USNR, Chief Boatswains Mate J. Kerdock, USN; Chief Boatswains Mate S. D. Sullenberger, USNR; Chief Machinist Mate F. S. Wilson; ; Quartermaster Sargent Hale, USMC; First Sargent Henry Roper, USMC; Gunnery Sargent W. M. Archen, USMC. Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 110k USS LST-512 Deck Gang. (Front row left to right; BMC S.D Sullenberger, LTjg. Hardy Glenn, Gunnery Officer, LTjg. Stevens, Deck Officer, BMC Joseph Kerdock. Second Row, third from right is Paul Mackrell, no others can be identified.), during her Great Lakes tour in 1945.
    US Navy photo.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 756k Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned to USS LST-512 during the ships War Bond tour of the Great Lakes in 1945. Bob Kepler, is indicated by an arrow on the left side of the Marine detachment. BMC Sam Sullenberger, is last in the line of officers and Chief Petty Officers. LT. Jerome Brock, Commanding Officer, is the front officer, Ltjg Hardy Glenn is 4th in line, BMC Joseph Kerdock is 4th from back, and BM3 Paul Mackrell is 2nd from right in the front row. Paul Sullenberger, courtesy Bob Kepler, Grand Canyon Chapter of 4th Marine Division
    LST-512 109k USS LST-512 crew on deck watching a movie while the ship was in Duluth, MN. during her Great Lakes tour in 1945. (A related story is that at their previous port of call, Bay City, MI., the Shore Patrol returned a drunken sailor to the ship. As they were leaving, someone threw eggs at them. No one would admit to the act or identify the culpable party, so liberty got canceled at Duluth. Probably explains why no one looks very happy.)
    US Navy photo.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 275k Newspaper article from the "Toledo Blade" announcing the visit of USS LST-512 to that city during the ship's Great Lakes tour in 1945. Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 271k Photo and accompanying article from the "Chicago Sun-Times" showing USS LST-512 tied up to the Fleet Landing at Chicago, 24 August 1945, during her Great Lakes War Bond Drive. She was, preparing for the exhibition in Chicago. The open bow doors allow views of the display area on the tank deck.
    Photo purchased from the Chicago Sun-Times archives.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 43k
    LST-512 45k USS LST-512 deck gang working on the main deck while underway on the Mississippi River either enroute up river during the ship's Great Lakes tour in 1945 or returning down river as part of the ship's Great Lakes tour in 1945. BM3 Paul Mackrell, foreground, BMC Sullenberger, behind to the right. Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 514k USS LST-512 on the Ohio River enroute to Pittsburgh, PA., late September 1945.
    Photos from "Warcraft on the Inland Waterways" Cincinnati/Hamilton County Public library web site.
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 440k
    LST-512 422k
    LST-512 36k Japanese Baka Bomber on display in the tank deck of USS LST-512 According to text accompanying the picture, the "Baka" was actually called "Oka" which means "Cherry Blossom," but was renamed "Baka" by the Americans, which means "Fool." The pilot was locked into the cockpit and carried aloft by an IJN bomber, and released when near a target. Traveling at about 230 mph when released, it had a rocket assist that burned for 30 seconds, accelerating it to 480 MPH. The Kamikaze pilot then attempted to fly it into a target. Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    LST-512 99k USS LST-512 moored to a wharf at Pittsburgh, PA. on the Monongahela River, circa 16-22 October 1945, view of some of the vehicles and armament that were displayed on the main deck. US items were on the starboard side, captured Japanese items were displayed on the port side.
    Associated Press photo from "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette."
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512 and Clint Burton
    LST-512 105k USS LST-512 moored to a wharf at Pittsburgh, PA. on the Monongahela River, circa 16-22 October 1945.
    Associated Press photo from "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette."
    Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512 and Clint Burton
    LST-512 71k USS LST-512 moored reportedly in Tampa, FL., in July 1946, the ships' history indicates a visit to Miami before the War Bond tour and not Tampa after the tour. The civilian is Florida Governor Millard F. Caldwell. To the Governors right is LT. Jerome Brock, USS LST-512 Commanding Officer (April to October 1945). The other officers are unidentified. Paul Sullenberger for his father Samuel D. Sullenberger BMC, USNR USS LST 158, USS LST 492, USS LST 512
    BAP Paita (LT-35)
    LST-512 44k Ex-USS Burnett County (LST-512) at anchor, circa 1966, location unknown while in Peruvian service as BAP Paita (LT-35). Robert Hurst
    LST-512 47k BAP Paita (AT-4) at anchor with bow doors open and ramp lowered, circa 1959.
    Official Peruvian Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-512
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    LT Jerome BrockApril to October 1945

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    History of USS LST-512 (United State Navy Traveling Exhibit Ship)
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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