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USS LST-537


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Alpha - Xray
NEAX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LST-537 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Chung Ting (LST-203)
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 October 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 31 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-537, 2 February 1944, LT. Raymond A. Teasley USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-537 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaign:

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

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-537 came under the command of;
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
    LST Group One Hundred Nine, CDR. E. W. Wilson USNR;
    LST Division Two Hundred-Seventeen
  • Following World War II USS LST-537 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 22 January 19462 September 1945 to 22 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Republic of China, 30 May 1946, and named ROCS Chung Ting (LST-203)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
  • USS LST-537 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Reported as owned and operated by Crowley Marine Services from about 1972 to 1982, used in the Pacific Northwest as a deck Cargo Barge
  • Final Disposition, probably scrapped, circa 1985
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    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-537 903k USS LST-537 beached at Normandy, date unknown. John McGowan USS LST-537
    ROCS Chung Ting (LST-203)
    LST-537 415k Ex-USS LST-537 in the Republic of China service, as ROCS Chung Ting (LST-203), beached at Quemoy, 4 December 1958, as Chinese Nationalist soldiers carry bags of concrete to reinforce fortifications on the island. Communist China artillery on the main land pounded island installations in October of 1958. Tommy Trampp
    LST-537 52k ROCS Chung Ting (LST-203) and Ex-USS LST-1050 in the Republic of China service as ROCS Chung Lien (LST 209), moored at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2 October 1989. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS LST-537
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Teasley, Raymond Alfred, USN 2 February 1944 - 29 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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