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USS LST-582


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Yankee - Charlie
NEYC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 May 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 1 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-582, 31 July 1944, LT. H. L. Thomas, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS LST-582 was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. Laidlaw;
    LST Group Seventeen, CAPT. E. Watts USN;
    LST Division Thirty-four and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 14 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-582 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    6 to 23 September 1945
    23 December 1945 to 28 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 29 January 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q034
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission (MARAD), 24 May 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 May 1948, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • USS LST-582 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-582 151k Caricature of Hogan's Goat painted on the conning tower of LST-582. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 108k LST-582 headed for the Russell Islands from Pearl Harbor. Church services being held on the forward ramp by LT. Howard Hazlett, XO, October 1944. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 67k LST-582 loading a combat cargo at Sansapor, New Guinea, December 1944. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 65k LST-582 enroute to Lingayen Gulf with combat troops and equipment, circa early 1945. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 75k LST-582 headed into pontoon causeways to discharge cargo at San Fabian, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, circa early 1945. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 105k LST-582 off-loading Army trucks via the pontoon causeway at San Fabian, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, circa early 1945. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 69k LST-582 off-loading Army trucks via the pontoon causeway at San Fabian, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, circa early 1945 Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 127k LST-582 beached at Purvis Bay, Florida Islands to take on supplies, March 1945. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 75k LST-582 in heavy weather with troops of the 1st Marine Division aboard while headed for the Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, March 1945. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 47k LST-582 headed toward Hagushi Beach during the Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April 1945 -- Easter Sunday / April Fools Day. Land is visible under the smoke screen. West Virginia (BB-48) and a destroyer are dead ahead. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 91k LST-582 beached on Yellow Beach (Hagushi Beach), Okinawa discharging cargo, 3 April 1945. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582
    LST-582 22k LST-582 beached, along with an unidentified LSM and another LST, in the Philippines, date unknown. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582
    LST-582 23k LST-582 beached, date and location unknown. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582
    LST-582 76k LST-582 "The Black Gang" Engineering Department, date and place unknown. Thomas Clevenger 1SG (ret), US Army for his father-in-law LT. Vasco Luchi USNR, USS LST-582, courtesy Ed Novak Electricians Mate USS LST-582

    USS LST-582
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Thomas, H. L., USNR31 July 1944 - 29 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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