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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-511 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
  • 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 received one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 2,366 (beaching), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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"
    (max. nav.) 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    106 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 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
    two twin 40mm gun mounts
    four single 40mm gun mounts
    six single 20mm gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 4,320 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    Falk single Main reduction gears
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw, 240V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-517 138k USS LST-517 underway, 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.  
    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
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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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