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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Whiskey - Sierra
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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 15 April 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 31 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-573, 21 June 1944, LTjg. George W. Hessemer, USNR, in commnd
During World War II USS LST-573 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 18 to 29 October 1944
|Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, 18 March 1945
Visayan Island landings, 29 March to 1 April 1945
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
Following World War II USS LST-573 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 October to 1 November 1945||
|18 November to 25 December 1945
|7 to 24 January 1946
Decommissioned, 24 January 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q027
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1947
Transferred to the Maritime Commission (MARAD), 26 May 1948
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Corp., Bethlehem, PA.
USS LST-573 earned three 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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||Five LSTs beached at San Fabian, Lingayen Gulf while unloading trucks, circa January 1945. Right to left;
USS LST-496 and
||John De Noma
||USS LST-573 and USS LST-619 beached at Morotai, Western New Guinea, 30 May 1945, while trucks of the Australian Army's 2/16 Transport Platoon are being guided up LST-573's ramp.
Australian War Memorial photo # 108513.
|Australian War Memorial
||USS LST-573 beached at Morotai, Western New Guinea, 30 May 1945, while loading Australian Army troops.
Australian War Memorial photo # 108518.
|Australian War Memorial
||USS LST-573 during landing operations in the southwest Pacific area, 1944-45.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84859 Description: Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Hessemer, George Wayne, USNR||21 June 1944 - November 1945
|02||LTjg. Allen Jr., George E., USNR||November 1945 - 24 January 1946
|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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