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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:
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
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||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.
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Schermerhorn, James T., USN||7 February 1944 - August 1945|
|02||LT. Raymond, Henry H., USN||August 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
Last Updated 28 November 2014
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