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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Whiskey - Lima
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 14 April 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 22 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-570, 9 June 1944, LT. Frank A. Neun USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-570 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the operations:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 28 June 1945
For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-570 was assigned to:
LST Flotilla Sixteen, CAPT. N. W. Sears;
LST Group Forty-Seven, CDR. L. A. Drexler USN (23);
LST Division Ninety-Four
Following World War II USS LST-570 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|6 to 20 September 1945||
|3 October to 19 November 1945||3 October to 19 November1945
Decommissioned, 14 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 October 1947, to Patapsco Scrap Corp., Baltimore, MD.
USS LST-570 earned two battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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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||USS LST-570 at left and USS LST-1040 at right beached at Okinawa, June 1945, while loading amtracks in preparation for the last invasion of the war, Kume Shima.
||Robert Allerton USS LST-1040
||USS LST-570 and USS LST-558 beached at Olongapo Naval Base (Subic Bay), date unknown.
||Rex A. Koivisto in honor of his father Allan I. Koivisto SC/3c USS LST-558
||USS LST-570 at anchor, circa 1945, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 74308
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)