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USS LST-572 (1944 - 1952)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Whiskey - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal(2)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1-Sub Attack, 4 August 1945 off Leyte) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 April 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 29 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-572, 19 June 1944, LT. James N. Kincanon, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-572 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater (convoy HXM 301) and later reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater in September 1944, participating in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 May to 29 June 1945

  • For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-572 was assigned to :
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
    LST Group One Hundred Four, CDR. D. Stubbs USN (25);
    LST Division Two Hundred Seven in September 1944
  • Following World War II USS LST-572 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 October to 1 November 1945
    12 January to 7 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 7 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) , 31 March 1952
  • Loaned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q090
  • Returned to the MSTS and placed in service, 31 March 1952, as USNS T-LST-572
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1973
  • USS LST-572 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 November 1973, to Yi Ho Enterprise Corp., fate unknown
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    USS LST-572
    LST-572 79k USS LST-572 and USS LST-616 beached on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, circa 10 to 13 September 1944. Richard Howe MoMM/3c USNR USS LST-572 and Morris Milstein USS LST-572
    Q090 (SCAJAP)
    LST-572 112k ex-USS LST-572 in service with the Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP) as Q090 takes the last of the defenders of Seoul, South Korea off the beach at Inchon after the fall of Seoul in January 1951 Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USNS T-LST-572
    LST-572 223k USNS T-LST-572 and USNS T-LST-276 are tied up a wharf at Inchon, South Korea, circa. 1953. Note the US Army M20 Military Police (MP) armored utility car (left) and a Diamond T model 969A, 4 ton wrecker on the wharf. This photograph is one of a series taken by Australian Mr. Douglas (Doug) Bushby in his capacity as a UN accredited War Correspondent.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. P04641.061
    Mike Green
    LST-572 231k USNS T-LST-572 beached at Can Tho, South Vietnam in 1965. Perry Kruse
    LST-572 136k Looking southwest; USNS T-LST-572 at the museum pier, Da Nang, South Vietnam offloading, 6 January 1966. The building located directly to the left of the LST comprises the Da Nang press center.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH NH 74483
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS LST-572 / USNS T-LST-572
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kincanon, James Nelms, USNR19 June 1944 - 3 December 1945
    02LTjg. Carpenter, Edward Angus, USNR3 December 1945 - 29 December 1945
    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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