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USS Catahoula Parish (LST-528)
USS LST-528 (1944 - 1955)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal Bottom Row - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 November 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 11 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-528, 29 February 1944, LT. James J. Kilthau, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-528 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign;

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

  • Decommissioned in March 1954
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Named Catahoula Parish (LST-528), 1 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 November 1960
  • USS LST-528 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold to Marquette Cement Co. (MQC), for $75,000, in 1960
    Towed to Todd Shipyards, Brooklyn, N.Y. in May 1962 for conversion to a self-unloading Bulk Cement Carrier at a cost of $1.5 million
    Placed in service by MQC in May 1962, named M/V Noramar
    Renamed M/V J.E. Poole in 1972
    Taken out of service in 1979 and sold to a Greek cement company to be used as a floating storage vessel in the Middle East
    Final Disposition, fate unknown

    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    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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    USS LST-528 / USS Catahoula Parish (LST-528)
    Catahoula Parish 305k USS LST-528 unloading vehicles at Thule, Greenland in 1952. Photo by Dallas Grenley. Robert Hurst
    Catahoula Parish 157k USS LST-528 moored, date and location unknown. Photo by Dallas Grenley. Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    Catahoula Parish 94k Ex-USS Catahoula Parish (LST-528) in mercantile service as the Marquette Cement Co. self-unloading Bulk Cement Carrier M/V Noramar underway on the Hudson River at New York City in 1966. Robert H. Shaughnessy
    Catahoula Parish 91k M/V Noramar underway, date and location unknown.
    Noramar, later J.E Poole, transported bulk cement from a mill at Catskill, N.Y. on the Hudson River to distribution plants at College Point, N.Y, Everett, MA, Providence R.I., and Hartford, CT.
    Robert H. Shaughnessy
    Catahoula Parish 205k M/V Noramar conversion specification (1962). Robert H. Shaughnessy
    Catahoula Parish 515k Naval Architect drawing for M/V Noramar (1963). Robert H. Shaughnessy

    USS LST-528 / USS Catahoula Parish (LST-528)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kilthau, James Jacob, USN29 February 1944 - November 1946
    02LT. Fisk, Millard L.Korean War
    03LT. Grenley, DallasKorean War
    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
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