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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 February 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 21 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-560, 12 May 1944, LT. H.T. Holsapple USNR in command
  • During World War II LST-560 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT. E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-two, CDR. E. H. Pope, USN;
    LST Division Forty-three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Palawan Island landings, 1 to 2 March 1945
    Visayan Island landings, 26 to 31 March and 2 to 4 April 1945
    Borneo operations
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-560 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 24 September to 20 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • USS LST-560 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 12 September 1946, to Construction Power and Merchandising Co., Brooklyn, N,Y., fate unknown
    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
    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-538 58k USS LST-560 and USS LST-638 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 27 May 1945, Royal Australian Air Force Signals Units are loading telephone cable aboard USS LST-638 needed at Labuan Island, Borneo in order to establish vital communication links.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. OG2795
    Mike Green
    LST-560 68k USS LST-560 beached at Labuan, North Borneo, 10 June 1945, offloading vehicles of the Australian Army's 2/47 Transport Platoon.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108874.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-560 80k USS LST-560 and USS LST-640 beached at Labuan, North Borneo, 10 June 1945, as a jeep of the Australian Army's 13 Wireless Section (Heavy) is towed ashore by a US bulldozer, during "Operation Oboe 6".
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108880.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-560 72k USS LST-560 and USS LST-640 beached at Labuan, North Borneo, 10 June 1945, as a jeep of the Australian Army's 13 Wireless Section (Heavy) moving ashore during "Operation Oboe 6".
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108883.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-560 53k USS LST-560 beached at Labuan, North Borneo, 10 June 1945, as a jeep of the Australian Army's 24th Infantry Brigade moving ashore during "Operation Oboe 6".
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108915.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-560 249k USS LST-560 beached at Labuan, in Brunei Bay, North Borneo, 10 June 1945, while Royal Australian Army troops move ashore during "Operation Oboe 6".
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-49565.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-560
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Holsapple, Henry Taylor, USNR12 May 1944 - 19 September 1945
    02LT. Stewart, Charles H., USNR19 September 1945 - 20 November 1945
    03LTjg. Caldwell, Richard R., USNR20 September 1945 - 17 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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