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USS LST-562


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Uniform - Zulu
NEUZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 February 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 28 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-562, 18 May 1944, LT. Richard N. Shaw, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-562 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
    Western New Guinea operation
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 10 to 16 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-562 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East 24 September to 20 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 April 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
  • USS LST-562 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-562 78k USS LST-562 and USS LST-584 beached at Morotai, 30 May 1945 while Australian Army troops of 2/19th Transport Platoon load the units DUKWs aboard for transport to North Borneo and "Operation Oboe 6".
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108519.
    Australian War Memorial.
    LST-911 105k USS LST-911 (far left) beached along with USS LST-562, USS LST-613 and an unidentified LST, date and location unknown. Karl Petersen

    USS LST-562
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Shaw, Richard N. USNR18 May 1944 - ?
    02LT. Lawrence, F. P. USNRWWII
    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
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