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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 - 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)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 6 December 1943 at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville IN.
Launched, 1 February 1944
Commissioned USS LST-543, 6 March 1944 at US Navy Yard Algiers, LA., LT. Robert F. Blake II USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-543 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 May to 30 June 1945
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-543, came under the command of:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. CAPT. Riley;
LST Group One Hundred Nine, CDR. E. W. Wilson USNR;
LST Division Two Hundred-Eighteen
Following World War II USS LST-543 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|12 September 1945 to 12 May 1946||12 September 1945 to 12 May 1946
Decommissioned, 31 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1947
USS LST-543earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 December 1947 to Bosey, Philippines
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-543 is nudged alongside Loebnitz pier, one of Mulberry A's floating piers by the United States Army tug ST-260.
Photo from the NARA/TS Collection, scanned from "Operation Neptune 1944: D-Day's Seaborne Armada" by Ken Ford, published by Osprey Books.
||USS LST 543 is the first landing ship to unload at Loebnitz pier off Normandy, France in June 1944. The pier is a
unit of the U.S. Mulberry, a man-made harbor.
US Navy photo #'s 80-G-285167 and 80-G-285176now in the collections of the National Archives.
||USS LST-543 with an LCT loaded on her main deck, probably headed toward the European Theater of Operations, circa early 1944
||Norris D Shane
||USS LST-326, USS LST-292 and USS LST-543 on Omaha Beach, Normandy, circa 1944.
Photo by Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
|Reg Dearborn for his father Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
||The stern of the wrecked LCT-2337 is in the right foreground.as well as a section of floating dock; at left, is the USS LCI-92 and LCT-199. In the background USS LST-543 is being battered by the surf, somewhere along the coast of France, June 21, 1944."
US Signal Corps photo # SC 193919
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Blake II, Robert F., USNR||6 March 1944 - 27 August 1945|
|02||LT. Field, Arthur G., USNR||27 August 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Burnquist, Boyd Benjamin, USN (USNA 1945)||March 1946 - 31 May 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 17 March 2017
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