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USS Calhoun County (LST-519)
USS LST-519 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Zulu - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 September 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 25 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-519, 17 February 1944 at Naval Station Algiers, LA., LT. Frank L. Brimmer, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-519 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following action/campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS-36 1 April 1944 Invasion of Normandy 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Named USS Calhoun County (LST-519) 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 8 November 1962
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 November 1962
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target off the Virginia Capes in June 1963. (Ship was highly radioactive)
  • USS Calhoun County earned two battle stars for World War II service as LST-519
    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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    Calhoun County 11k USS LST-519 in port Bizerte, Tunisia, 4 April 1944 LST 519 web site
    LST-310 51k USS LST-21, USS LST-519 and USS LST-310 off-loading vehicles and equipment at Le Havre, France circa 1944 LST 519 web site
    Calhoun County 9k USS LST-519 under way, date and location unknown. LST 519 web site
    Calhoun County 24k USS LST-519 under way, date and location unknown. LST 519 web site

    USS LST-519 / USS Calhoun County (LST-519)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brimmer, Frank Lindsey17 February 1944 - ?
    02LT. Crue, Charles1 December 1947 - 1949
    03LCDR. Hern, Herbert Roy1956
    04LT. Burnham, Roland Eugene28 March 1958 - ?
    05LT. Self, George1961 - 8 November 1962
    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
    Tampa Bay Times "The Atomic Sailors"
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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