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USS Cassia County (LST-527)
USS LST-527 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Zulu - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korea Service Medal (2) - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 23 October 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 3 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-527, 17 February 1944, LT. W. R. Hammock in command
  • During World War II USS LST-527 was assigned to the Europe Africa Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Decommissioned, 28 February 1945
  • Recommissioned, 21 September 1950
  • During the Korean War USS LST-527 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    11 to 12 January 1952
    21 to 28 February 1952
    Korean Summer-Fall
    7 to 17 May 1953
    29 May to 11 June 1953
    16 to 17 June 1953
    27 July 1953

  • Named Cassia County (LST-527), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 21 December 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • USS LST-527 earned one battle star for World War II service and two battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 3 March 1959
    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-527 80k USS LST-527 (center) and USS LST-542 (right) off St Aubin's Bay, Jersey, during Operation 'Nestegg' with German POWs lining up on the sands ready to embark back to England, circa May 1945. USS LST-521 is just out of the picture to the left. Robert Hurst
    LST-527 73k USS LST-527 departing San Diego, Point Loma in the background, circa early-1950s. CDR. Ty Martin USN Ret.
    LST-527 2956k USS LST-527 at anchor in Korean waters, circa early-1950s, location unknown. In the distance other units of the Pacific Fleet present include USS Wantuck (APD-125) nested alongside a minesweeper, a transport and various small craft. The Wingard Family in memory of Harold Wingard, US Army 45th Infantry Division
    LST-527 396k Commanding officer of USS LST-527, LT. L. V. Stuart, announcing the naming of the ship USS Cassia County (LST-527), 4 July 1955.CDR. Ty Martin USN Ret.

    USS Cassia County (LST-527)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hammock, William Rex, USN17 February 1944 - December 1945
    02LT. Bergeron, Ameda Joseph, USNDecember 1945 - February 1946
    03LTjg Campbell, J. D.February 1946 - June 1946
    04LCDR. Jeffers Jr., Joseph B., USNRJune 1946 - September 1946
    05LT. Alexander, James Shaeffer, USNSeptember 1946 - 1 January 1947
     Decommissioned1 January 1947 - 21 September 1950
    06LT/LCDR. Stuart, L. V. (LV), USN1955 - 21 December 1956
    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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