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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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 July 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 12 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-594, 6 September 1944, LT. Edgar Y. M. Henderson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-594 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS LST-594 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 23 October 1945 
    21 November 1945 to 21 February 194621 November 1945 to 21 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 21 February 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q070
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 March 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold, 4 June 1947 to the government of South Korea, 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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    LST-594 252k Mrs. Wiley christening LST-594, 12 August 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # UA 477.08 Doug Poling Collection
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-594 28k USS LST-594 beached, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-475 56k USS LST-475, USS LST-474 and USS LST-594 and other amphibious vessels beached in the Philippines, August 1945. Note crew members swimming in the surf near the bow of USS LST-474. 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-594
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Henderson, Edgar Young M., USNR6 September 1944 - September 1945
    02LT. Postlewaite, David M., USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. O'Neill, J. J., USNRDecember 1945 - 21 February 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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