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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 (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 command
  • During World War II USS LST-573 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operations
    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
    Luzon operation
    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
  • USS LST-573 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission (MARAD), 26 May 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Corp., Bethlehem, PA.
    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-697 133k Five LSTs beached at San Fabian, Lingayen Gulf while unloading trucks, circa January 1945. Right to left; USS LST-697, USS LST-573, USS LST-1025, USS LST-496 and unidentified. John De Noma
    210k USS LST-573 was the first U.S. ship to enter Manila Bay after the battle to retake Manila from the Japanese. She is shown here beached about 3/4 of a mile north of the Pasig River, 1 March 1945.
    US Army Signal Corps photo #SWPA-SC-45-13197 now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Vincent M. Solinap
    298k USS LST-573 and USS LST-637 unloading at Panay, Philippine Islands, across earth ramps built by bulldozers, 18 March 1945
    US National Archives Album 111-SCA-Album 2986 - US Army Signal Corps photo #SWPA-SC-45-20696
    Vincent M. Solinap
    137k USS LST-609, USS LST-612 and USS LST-573 along with numberous other LSTs beached at Mindoro Island disgorging their vital cargoes of men and material, completing the over water movement from Leyte of 600 miles to seize the dominant beaches along the southern coast of Mindoro in and almost unopposed landings, circa March 1945.
    Photo by Tom Shafer, Acme Newspictures
    Vincent M. Solinap
    LST-573 86k 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
    LST-573 107k 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
    LST-573 164k USS LST-573 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies in May 1945. Preparations for embarkation for the British North Borneo landing are in progress. Hundreds of vehicles and vessels have to be loaded and complete coordination of all loading operations keeps soldiers and ships crews busy round the clock. Troops wait with kit and weapons lined up in piles.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84859
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS LST-573
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Hessemer, George Wayne, USNR21 June 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Allen Jr., George E., USNRNovember 1945 - 24 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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