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LST-521 Cape May County

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

LST-511 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 October 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 13 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-521, 9 February 1944
  • During World War II LST-521 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 21 October 1945
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Reactived (date unknown), assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service and placed in service as USNS T-LST-521
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Named Cape May County (LST-521), 1 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1959
  • Final Disposition (fate unknown)
  • Cape May County earned one battle star for World War II service as LST-521
    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'
    (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
    7 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
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    LST-521 89k LST-521 beached, date and location unknown. Jesse Iatonna LCT-218
    LSM-297 76k LST-521 LSM-297 and Krishna (ARL-38) during "Operation Blue Jay" the construction of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, July 1951. LST-521 struck a boulder on her port side while beaching. The damage to the ship included flooding of the port shaft alley along with the evaporators. She was towed by the Hoist (ARS-40) to the Boston area and traveled under its own power (starboard engine) to the Bethlehem Steel Company dry dock on Key Highway, Baltimore, MD. for repairs. Photo Contributed by - USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Photo Caption courtesy of Ken Smith ET3 USS LST-521

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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