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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 12 July 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 28 August 1944
Commissioned USS LST-597, 19 September 1944
During World War II USS LST-597 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
Palawan Island landings, 1 to 2 March 1945
Visayan Island landings, 26 to 28 March, 2 to 4, 10 to 11 and 20 April 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 to 27 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-597 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 15 January to 5 March 1946
Decommissioned, 5 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
Final Disposition, sold, 31 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA., for scrapping
USS LST-597 earned two battle stars 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-597 beached, at Cebu City, Philippines, date unknown.
||USS LST-597 beached, in the Philippines, date and place unknown.
||USS LST-597 beached, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-597 beached at Palawan Island, Philippines, circa 1 March 1945.
||LST Home Port web site
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 19 December 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|