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USS Cheboygan (LST-533)
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USS LST-533 (1944 - 1955)


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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
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. C. E. Hanks 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
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-533 82k USS LST-533 dropping anchor while beaching at Normandy during the invasion, June 1944.
    US Army Signal Corps newsreel photo.
    Paulo Soukup
    LST-262 145k 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
    LST-533 319k USS LST-533 underway, 29 April 1954, location unknown. John W. Klar
    LST-533 219k USS Cheboygan County (LST-533) beached during a training invasion near Ft. Pierce, FL in November 1962. Bill Gonyo
    LST-533 19k USS Cheboygan County (LST-533) underway, location unknown, circa 1968. Photo by Michael Rougier
    LST-533 72k USS Cheboygan County (LST-533) underway, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-533 82k 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. Bill Cole

    USS Cheboygan County (LST-533)
    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
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