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USS Wythe (APB-41)
USS LST(M)-575 (1945)
USS LST-575 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Whiskey - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
LST-542 class Landing Ship Tank / Benewah class Self-propelled Barracks Ship:
Laid down, 3 May 1944 at Missouri Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville IN.
Launched, 9 June 1944
Commissioned at New Orleans, LA, 30 June 1944 as USS LST-575, LT. Patrick R. Shea, USNR, in command
Modified to a Benawah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship, and initially designated LST (Modified) USS LST(M)-575, 15 January 1945
Redesignated and named USS Wythe (APB-41), 31 March 1945
During World War II USS LST-575(M) / USS Wythe (APB-41) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 March to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Wythe was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 29 May 1947
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1959
USS Wythe earned one battle star for World War II service as USS LST(M)-575
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Marlene Blouse Corp, 10 September 1959
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|6 September 1945 to 20 April 1946||6 September 1945 to 20 April 1946
Displacement 4,080 t.
Draft 11' 2"
Speed 12 kts.
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
five Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 1,800shp
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||USS Wythe (APB-41) at anchor in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 10 August 1945. She is serving as administrative flagship for
Commander, Naval Forces, Ryukyus, providing berthing and messing for 140 men. Note the quonset hut on deck and the open bow doors, possibly with an amphibious vehicle
(LVT) exiting or entering.
US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo. Photo # 80-G-331697, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS LST-575/ USS LST(M)-575 / USS Wythe (APB-41)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Shea, Patrick Henry, USNR||20 June 1944 - 18 November 1944||LST-575|
|02||LT. Wright, Jack L., USNR||18 November 1944 - ?||LST-575|
|03||LT. Vaughan, Elwood, USN||9 December 1946 - 29 May 1947||APB-41|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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
Last Updated 2 June 2017
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