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USS LST-535


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Alpha - Romeo
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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 - 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)



USS LST-535 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Chung Wan (LST-229)
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 19 October 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 21 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-535, 4 February 1944. LT. Martin L. Olson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-535 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-535, LT. M. L. Olson 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 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, 30 May to 10 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-535 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods;

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    10 to 28 September 1945
    1 to 14 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 14 January 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q014
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952 and placed in service by MSTS as USNS T-LST-535
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS LST-535 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Republic of China, 1 October 1958, named ROCS Chung Wan (LST-229)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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-60/316/535 118k USS LST-316, USS LST-60 and USS LST-535 beached at Juno Beach, in Mike Sector on D+1 (7 June 1944) LST Home Port Web Site
    LST-535 105k USS LST-535 moored pierside, probably 1945 somewhere in the Far East, possibly, Jinsen, Pusan, Guam or Sasebo. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920

    USS LST-535
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Olson, Martin L., USNR4 February 1944 - November 1945
    02LT. Wise, Robert L., USNRNovember 1945 - 14 January 1946
    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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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