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USNS Chase County (T-LST-532)
USS Chase County (LST-532) (1955 - 1967)
USS LST-532 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Alpha - Lima
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) - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Dominican Republic)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (2)- Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USS Chase County (LST-532) was transferred to the Republic of Singapore
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 September 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 28 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-532, 20 January 1944, LT. Marinus Pilkington, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-532 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

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

  • Following World War II USS LST-532 was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following periods;

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    15 October 1950 to 24 January 1951
    21 January to 7 June 1952
    3 September 1953 to 30 January 1954

  • Decommissioned, 8 June 1955, laid up in reserve
  • Named Chase County (LST-532), 1 July 1955
  • Recommissioned, date unknown, USS Chase County (LST-532)
  • During the Vietnam War USS Chase County (LST-532) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    24 to 29 April 1966
    16 to 21 MAY 1966
    24 to 29 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    6 to 10 July 1966
    29 July to 3 August 1966
    17 to 24 August 1966
    6 to 10 September 1966
    29 September to 3 October 1966
    16 to 20 October 1966
    9 to 14 January 1967
    10 to 17 February 1967
    26 February to 6 March 1967

  • Decommissioned, 15 April 1967 and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS Chase County (T-LST-532)
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1973
  • USS LST-532 earned one battle star for World War II service and as USS Chase County earned two campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Transferred to the Republic of Singapore in 1973
  • Sold for merchant service, date unknown, renamed MS Constructors
  • 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-532
    LST-532 51k USS LST-532 beached at Normandy, June 1944. LST-519 web site
    145k USS LST-310 (2nd LST from the right) along with other ships putting cargo ashore on one of the invasion beaches, at low tide during the first days of the Invasion of Normandy in 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-533 (partially visible at far right); and USS LST-524. Note the 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 MoMM3/c USS LST 262
    Marilyn Smith
    LST-262 175k
    LST-532 1180k USS LST-532 beached, circa 1946-1955, while unloading construction equipment on Crashboat Beach. Crashboat Beach was the location for the Rescue Crash Boats for the former Ramey AFB in NW Puerto Rico. Garred Giles, Administrator, Ramey AFB Museum
    LST-532 106k USS Chase County (LST-532) under way, circa 1967, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-532 37k USS Chase County (LST-532) under way in Saipan Lagoon, Pacific Trust Territories, 1971. University of Hawaii Library, reel 3426-02
    Merchant Service
    LST-532 468k Ex-USNS Chase County (T-LST-532) under way in merchant service as MS Constructors, date and location unknown. Huug Pieterse

    USS LST-532 / USS Chase County (LST-532)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Pilkington, Marinus, USN20 January 1944 - February 1946
    02LTjg. Elrod, L. A., USNRFebruary 1946 - May 1946
    03LT. Data, Frank, USNMay 1946 - ?
     Decommissioned8 June 1955 - ?
    02LCDR. Boyles, Harlan H.? - 2 November 1966
    03LCDR. Kinnier, John Wesley 2 November 1966 - 15 April 1967
    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
    USS Chase County (LST-532) Deck Log, 1 to 28 February 1967
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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