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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 2 October 1943, at the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca. Il.
  • Commissioned USS LST-522, 1 March 1944, LT. Orton P. Jackson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-522 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-522 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    10 October to 4 December 19455 December 1945 to 18 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 6 June 1946
  • Sold, 18 October 1947 to T. Y. Fong
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 January 1948
  • USS LST-522 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-522 132k USS LST-522 beached, date and location unknown. Darrell Hutchens USS LST-522
    LST-522 132k USS LST-522 beached with LCT-1173 as deck cargo, date and location unknown. Darrell Hutchens USS LST-522
    LST-522 98k USS LST-522 moored at a landing ramp possibly in the Philippines, circa October 1944 to April 1945 or Okinawa, circa May 1945 to September 1945 or Korea, circa October to November 1945. Donn Cuson

    USS LST-522
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jackson Jr., Orton Porter, USNR1 March 1944 - 23 November 1944
    02LT. Ravel, Spencer W. W., USNR23 November 1944 - 7 April 1945
    03LT. Deakyne, H. H., USNR7 April 1945 - February 1946
    04LTjg. Howard, William T., USNRFebruary 1946 - 1 May 1946
    05LTjg. Costello, Thomas R., USNR1 May 1946 - 6 June 1946
    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
    USS LST-522
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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