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USS Cheboygan County (LST-533)
USS LST-533 (1944 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Alpha - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 29 September 1943 at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 1 December 1943
Commissioned USS LST-533, 27 January 1944, LT. Clarence E. Hanks, USN, in command
During World War II, USS LST-533 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
European-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Named USS Cheboygan County (LST-533), 1 July 1955
Decommissioned, 1 December 1955
Recommissioned, 18 November 1961
Decommissioned , May 1969
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 December 1975 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS)
USS LST-533 earned one battle star for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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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||USS LST-533 dropping anchor while beaching at Normandy during the invasion, June 1944.
US Army Signal Corps newsreel photo.
||Landing ships putting cargo ashore on one of the 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 (third LST from right); USS LST-310 (second 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.
|US Naval Historical Center and
Arthur DeLorenzo MOMM 3/c USS LST 262
||USS LST-533 underway, 29 April 1954, location unknown.
||John W. Klar
||USS Cheboygan County (LST-533) beached during a training invasion near Ft. Pierce, FL in November 1962.
||USS Cheboygan County (LST-533) underway, location unknown, circa 1968.
||Photo by Michael Rougier
||USS Cheboygan County (LST-533) underway, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port web site
||USS Cheboygan County (LST-533), USS Walworth County (LST-1164), a Fletcher Class Destroyer and an MSTS Range Tracking ship moored at Rodman Naval Station, Panama Canal Zone, circa mid-1960s.
USS Cheboygan County (LST-533)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Hanks, Clarence Edwin, USN||27 January 1944 - 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||1 December 1955 - 18 November 1961|
|02||LT. Beardslee Jr., Ralph Currier, USN||19 November 1961 - July 1963|
|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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