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USS LST-550 (1944 - 1952)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - November - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - European-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, 13 November 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 9 March 1944
Commissioned USS LST-550, 10 April 1944, LT. V. A. Meehan, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-550 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 22 September 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 June 1945
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-550 came under the command of:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D. F. J. Shea USN (23)
LST Group One Hundred Eight, LCDR. W. R. Peeler USN (34);
LST Division Two Hundred-Fifteen
Following World War II USS LST-550 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 September to 3 October 1945
|15 October to 4 December 1945
|1 to 13 January 1946
Decommissioned, 13 January 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q012
Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service, 31 March 1952 and placed in service as USNS T-LST-550
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1973
USS LST-550 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, fate unknown
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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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||LST's loading for the Invasion of Southern France at Nisida, Italy, 9 August 1944, just prior to the Southern France Operation. Ships present include (left to right):
USS LST-655. Note barrage balloons overhead.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-258038, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS LST-550 beached, circa 1943, location unknown.
||Glenn Palmer for his father-in-law Robert Bugai MM/1c USS LST-550
||From left to right
USS LST-1024 and
USS LST-1138 beached in the Philippines during the re-occupation period following the liberation of the Philippines, date and place unknown.
|SCAJAP LST Q012
||LST-Q012 is in the center background as USS Union (AKA-106)'s LCVPs circle in the transport area off Inchon, prior to going to the line of departure on the first day of the Inchon Invasion, 15 September 1950.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-423215, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Scott at LBS Products
||USNS T-LST 550 glides up the Perfume River with a load of supplies for allied forces near the DMZ, circa April 1968.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 82554 by PH1 Don Grantham.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Meehan, V. A., USNR||10 April 1944 - 13 January 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
Last Updated 5 May 2017
This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|