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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Yankee - Romeo (Nan - Easy - Yoke - Roger)
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 June 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 26 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-589, 24 August 1944, LT. Bob J. McGrath, USN, in command
  • During World War II LST-589 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS LST-588 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 September 1945 to 21 July 19468 September 1945 to 21 July 1946

  • Decommissioned, 14 September 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • Sold, 17 December 1946, to Bosey, Philippines, last reported to be in merchant service as MS I Meng Shan, flagged Peoples Republic of China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    LCT-1280 168k USS LST-589. launching LCT-1280 in the Admiralty Islands in November 1944. R.S. Fallon for his father Thomas Fallon LCT-1280
    LST-589 619k Certificate issued to John A. Whittaker MoMM3/c USNR for crossing the equator while aboard USS LST-589, 16 October 1944. Matt Whittaker grandson of James A. Whittaker
    LST-589 40k USS LST-589 moored in the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, January 1946. Matthew J. Whittaker for John A. Whittaker MOMM 3/c USN, Ret, USS LST-589

    USS LST-589
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McGrath, Bob James, USN24 August 1944 - 14 September 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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