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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

LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 September 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 15 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-517, 7 February 1944, LT. James T. Schermerhorn, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-517 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, 21 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal, January 1947, fate unknown
  • USS LST-517 earned one battle star for World War II service
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    LST-517 214k USS LST-517 commissioning crew photo, probably, taken, 7 February 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL. Ernie Galgoci for his father Ernest C. Galgoci USS LST-517
    LST-517 195k USS LST-517 Engineering Division, probably, taken, 7 February 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
    Ernest Galgoci is 3rd from the left in the second row.
    Ernie Galgoci for his father Ernest C. Galgoci USS LST-517
    LST-517 138k USS LST-517 under way, probably on the Mississippi i River after leaving the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL, shipyard and on her way to New Orleans for fitting out, circa February 1944.  
    LST-517 287k USS LST-517 moored pierside, probably at, New Orleans for fitting out, circa late February 1944. Ernie Galgoci for his father Ernest C. Galgoci USS LST-517
    LST-517 291k USS LST-517 beached at Normandy, date unknown, while unloading tanks. Ernie Galgoci for his father Ernest C. Galgoci USS LST-517
    SC 199797
    886k USS LST-517 beached on Utah Beach in Normandy while off loading tanks of the French 2nd Armored Division, 2 August 1944.
    US Army Signal Corps photo #'s SC 199797 and SC 199796 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    SC 199796

    USS LST-517
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Schermerhorn, James T., USN7 February 1944 - August 1945
    02LT. Raymond, Henry H., USNAugust 1945 - 21 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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