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USS Chelan County (LST-542)
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USS LST-542 (1944 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Delta - Victor
NEDV
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-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 November 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 28 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-542, 29 February 1944
  • During World War II, USS LST-542 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-542 saw service as a part of the Amphibious Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
  • Named USS Chelan County (LST-542), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned in 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1959
  • USS LST-542 earned one 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. (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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    Chelan County 80k USS LST-542 beached on Omaha Beach, Normandy, 6 June 1944. Jesse Iatonna LCT-218
    LST-527 80k USS LST-542 (right) and USS LST-527 (center) off St Aubin's Bay, Jersey, during Operation 'Nestegg' with German POWs lining up on the sands ready to embark back to England, circa May 1945. USS LST-521 is just out of the picture to the left. Robert Hurst
    Chelan County 40k USS LST-542 during Cadet-Midshipmen Exercise (CAMID), 19 August 1946.
    US Navy photo
    US Naval Academy, Nimitz Library web site
    Chelan County 23k USS LST-542 underway, circa 1951. Bill Shukis, USN Ret.
    Chelan County 55k USS LST-542 underway while conducting a highline transfer with USS Minos (ARL-14), circa 1951-54, Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Michael Eberhardt Sr. USS Minos (ARL-14) Mike Eberhardt in honor of his father Michael R. Eberhardt Sr, DKSN, USNR-R USS Minos

    USS Chelan County (LST-542)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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