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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Yankee - Victor
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) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 21 June 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 2 August 1944
Commissioned USS LST-591, 29 August 1944, LT. Robert C. Allen in command
During World War II USS LST-591 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines<
Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 11 March 1945
Following World War II USS LST-591 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|23 September to 25 October 1945
|17 November to 10 December 1945||
|1 January to 5 February 1946
Decommissioned, 5 February 1946, in Japan and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q045
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 24 May 1948
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
USS LST-591 earned one battle star for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||USS LST-591 and an unidentified LST beached at Labuan, North Borneo in June 1945 while disembarking Australian Army troops of 2/4 Pioneer Battalion during Operation "Oboe 6".
Australian War Memorial photo # 108918.
|Australian War Memorial
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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
Last Updated 28 February 2014
This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|