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USS LST-534


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Alpha - Papa
NEAP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 22 June 1945) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-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)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (5 KIA, numerous WIA, 22 June 1945)
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 October 1943 at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 8 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-534 at New Orleans, LA, 31 January 1944, LT. G. B. Olson, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-534 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 to 30 June 1945

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-534 , LT. R. J. French USNR in command, 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
  • USS LST-534 was seriously damaged by a Japanese kamikaze attack, 22 June 1945, at Okinawa
  • Following World War II USS LST-534 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 2 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 2 November 1945
  • Final Disposition, the ship was deemed beyond economical repair and towed to sea and sunk off Okinawa, 9 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • USS LST-534 earned two battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    LST-534 177k USS LST-534 in convoy enroute to Okinawa with LCT-591 loaded on her main deck Photo by Donald E. McDaniel S1/c USS LST-534 submitted by his son Don McDaniel Jr.
    LST-534 263k USS LST-534 at Okinawa, 22 June 1945, with LCT-591 still on her main deck, immediately after being struck by a Japanese Kamikaze. Photo by Donald E. McDaniel S1/c USS LST-534 submitted by his son Don McDaniel Jr.
    LST-534 26k
    LST-534 292k USS LST-534 at Okinawa on fire after being struck by a Japanese Kamikaze on 22 June 1945. LST-534 still had 300 barrels of gasoline aboard when struck by the Kamikaze. Photo by Donald E. McDaniel S1/c USS LST-534 submitted by his son Don McDaniel Jr.
    LST-534 208k USS LST-534 sunk at a pier at Okinawa after being struck by a Japanese Kamikaze on 22 June 1945. The casualties from the attack included 5 KIA and numerous wounded. Photo by Donald E. McDaniel S1/c USS LST-534 submitted by his son Don McDaniel Jr.
    LST-534 204k The Kamikaze struck USS LST-534 on the port side on 22 June 1945. Note the crease from the impact of the aircrafts wing. Photo by Donald E. McDaniel S1/c USS LST-534 submitted by his son Don McDaniel Jr.
    LST-534 144k USS LST-534 damaged with a hole in her main deck after a Japanese Kamikaze attack, 22 June 1945 at Okinawa. For the LST-49 Association;
    M.D. Reid MoMM2/C USS LST-49
    LST-534 264k Piece of the Kamikaze that struck USS LST-534, 22 June 1945. Photo by Donald E. McDaniel S1/c USS LST-534 submitted by his son Don McDaniel Jr.

    USS LST-534
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Olson, G. B., USN31 January 1944 - February 1945
    02LT. French, Robert J., USNRFebruary 1945 - 2 November 1945
    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 534
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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