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USS Chelan County (LST-542)
USS LST-542 (1944 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Delta - Victor
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
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
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
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||USS LST-542 beached on Omaha Beach, Normandy, 6 June 1944.
||Jesse Iatonna LCT-218
||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.
||USS LST-542 during Cadet-Midshipmen Exercise (CAMID), 19 August 1946.
US Navy photo
|US Naval Academy, Nimitz Library web site
||USS LST-542 underway, circa 1951.
||Bill Shukis, USN Ret.
||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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 17 August 2007
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