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USNS T-590
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USS LST-590 (1944 - 1952)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Yankee - Tango
NEYT
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 (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Philippines Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 June 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 29 July 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission, 19 August 1944, at Evansville, IN., ENS Boyd J. Arnett, USN, in command
  • Commissioned in full as USS LST-590, 26 August 1944, at Algiers, LA., ENS. Boyd J. Arnett, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-590 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Borneo operations
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-590 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    23 September to 25 November 1945
    15 October 1945 to 3 February 1946 
    25 December 1945 to 2 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 2 February 1946, in Japan and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q036
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952 and placed in service as USNS T-LST-590 with a South Korean crew
  • During the Vietnam War USNS T-LST-590 participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II Consolidation I, 21 October 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III  

  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1973
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 25 June 1973
  • USS LST-590 earned one battle star for World War II service and as USNS T-LST-590 earned three or more campaign stars for Vietnam War service.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 June 1973, to S.S. Zee, Inc., Taipei, Taiwan
    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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    USS LST-590
    LST-711 77k USS LST-590 and USS LST-711 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 29 May 1945, waiting to load Royal Australian Air Force vehicles for the invasion of Lubuan, British North Borneo.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG2803.
    Mike Green
    LST-590 59k USS LST-590 and USS LST-742 at Labuan Island, 13 June 1945, while unloading trucks and cargo across pontoon causeways.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 109133.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-590 66k USS LST-590 at Labuan Island, 13 June 1945, while unloading trucks and cargo across a pontoon causeway.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 109134.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-590 80k USS LST-590 at Labuan Island, 13 June 1945, while trucks unload cargo across a pontoon causeway.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 109136.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-590 57k USS LST-590, USS LST-637 and an unidentified LST at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands, East Indies, 29 May 1945. From a crowded waterfront that only six months earlier had been a deserted tropical beach hundreds of heavily laden Royal Australian Air Force vehicles were embarked at Morotai before the invasion fleet sailed for Labuan, British North Borneo.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG2802.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-590 69k USS LST-590 beached at Lingkas, Tarakan Island, Borneo, 1 May 1945. while unloading a Tank, Infantry, Mark II, Matilda I (No. 35421) of the 2/9 Armoured Regiment via a pontoon causeway to the beach.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 305126 (Naval Historical Collection).
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-590 66k USS LST-590 beached at Lingkas, Tarakan Island, Borneo, 1 May 1945. while disembarking Australian troops of the 26th Infantry Brigade.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 305125 (Naval Historical Collection).
    Australian War Memorial
    USNS T-LST-590
    LST-590 600k USNS T-LST-590 at anchor in the harbor at Nha-Be, South Vietnam, circa 1967. Photo by Shot by SSG Tommy Trampp
    LST-590 465k USNS T-LST-590 (at left) and USNS Harris County (T-LST-822) beached at South Beach, Cam-Ranh Bay, South Vietnam, circa 1967. Photo by Shot by SSG Tommy Trampp
    LST-590 445k
    LST-590 432k USNS T-LST-590 underway Makong Delta, South Vietnam, circa 1967. Photo by Shot by SSG Tommy Trampp
    LST-590 63k USNS T-LST-590 docked at the ramp at Tan My (Muy), South Vietnam, 21 October 1971. The 3/5 Cav was standing down at the time and we were heading to DaNang to turn in their equipment. Photo by Shot by SGT Richard E. White, C Troop 3d Squadron 5th U.S. Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division
    LST-590 70k USNS T-LST-590 with C Troop 3d Squadron 5th U.S. Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division, aboard for the voyage from Hue (Tan My) to DaNang, South Vietnam, 21 October 1971. Photo by Shot by SGT Richard E. White, C Troop 3d Squadron 5th U.S. Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division

    USS LST-590 / USNS T-LST-590
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McGrath, Bob James, USN19 August 1944 - 1 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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