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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 4 October 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 13 December 1943
Commissioned USS LST-524, 9 February 1944. ENS. E. B. Dodge USN in command
During World War II LST-524 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-524 came under the command of:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D. F. J. Shea USN (23);
LST Group One Hundred Six, CDR. O. P. Thomas Jr. USN (26);
LST Division Two Hundred Twelve and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-523 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 September to 1 November 1945
|15 November 1945 to 4 February 1946
Decommissioned, 4 February 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q040
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1947
Transferred to the Maritime Commission (MARAD), 21 May 1948
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 May 1948, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
USS LST-524 earned two battle stars for World War II service
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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||Landing ships putting cargo ashore on one of the Normandy invasion beaches, at low tide during the first days of the operation, June 1944. Among identifiable ships present are USS LST-532 (in the center of the view); USS LST-262 (3rd LST from right); USS LST-310 (2nd LST from right); USS LST-533 (partially visible at far right); and USS LST-524. Note barrage balloons overhead and Army "half-track" convoy forming up on the beach.
US Coast Guard photo # 26-G-2517 from the US Coast Guard collection in the US National Archives.
|Arthur DeLorenzo MOMM 3/c USS LST 262
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
Last Updated 28 February 2014
This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|