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USS LST-546 (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Hotel - Echo
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USNS LST-546 was transferred to the Philippines and named BPR Suriago Del Sur (LT-95)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 December 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 16 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-546 in reduced status, 21 March 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN., LT. Leo A. Van Matre USNR in command
  • Commissioned in full, 27 March 1944, at US Naval Base Algiers, LA., LT. William D. Silkworth, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-546 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
    LST Group One Hundred Eleven LCDR. A. H. Tutt;
    LST Division Two Hundred Twenty-One
  • Following World War II USS LST-546 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 6 January 19462 September 1945 to 6 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 22 February 1946, at Yokohama, Japan and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q076
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952 and placed in service as USNS T-LST-546
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 July 1972
  • Transferred (leased) to the Republic of the Philippines, 15 July 1972, named BPR Suriago Del Sur (LT-95)
  • Purchased outright by the Republic of the Philippines in 1980
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Philippines government, fate unknown
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    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
    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
    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-1 81k Ex-USS LST-546 in Philippine naval service as BPR Suriago Del Sur (LT-95) moored at Cavite, Philippine Islands, 12 July 1988, awaiting sale. Edison Sy

    USS LST-546
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USS LST-546
    Official US Navy History (long version) contributed by David Sanders for his father Reginald Sanders USS LST-546
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Van Matre. Leo A., USNR (Ferry Command)21 March 1945 - 27 March 1945
    02LT. Silkworth, William D. USNR27 March 1945 - 22 February 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 Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    Rod Fargo, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division's wild ride in USNS LST-546
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