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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)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

USS LST-557 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Chung Hsing (LST-215)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 February 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 11 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-557, 5 May 1944, LT Joseph M. Devine, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-557 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands,
    6 September 14 October 1944
    Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 5 November and 19 to 29 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 1945

  • For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-557 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. A. Seay USN (24);
    LST Group Forty-Two, CDR. G. E. Artz USN (34);
    LST Division Eighty-Three
  • Following World War II USS LST-557 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 29 March 19462 September 1945 to 29 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Chung Hsing (LST-215)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-557 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    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'
    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
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers, 131 enlisted
    Boats (US)-6 LCVP, (Taiwan)-4
    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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    USS LST-557
    LST-660 47k USS LST-557 and USS LST-660, beached, date and location unknown. Submitted by Phil Lobato for his grandfather H. Fiorella GM2/c USS LST-660
    LST-557 179k Livestock of the Chinese new 6th Army's 22nd division being loaded aboard USS LST-557 at Shanghai, China, for movement to Chinwangtao, China, 6 February 1946.
    US national Archives photo # 80-G-360949, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    ROCS Chung Hsing (LST-215)
    LST-557 45k ex-USS LST-557> underway in the service of the Republic of China as ROCS Chung Hsing (LST-215), date and location unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    LST-557 37k ROCS Chung Hsing (LST-215), circa 1962, location unknown.
    Official Republic of China Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-557
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Devine, Joseph M., USNR5 May 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Harris, Charles H., USNRDecember 1945 - 29 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    United States LST Association
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