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USS Cheboygan County (LST-533)
USS LST-533 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Alpha - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 September 1943 at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 1 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-533, 27 January 1944, LT. Clarence E. Hanks, USN, in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-533 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    European-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Named USS Cheboygan County (LST-533), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 1 December 1955
  • Recommissioned, 18 November 1961
  • Decommissioned, after July 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
  • USS LST-533 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 December 1975 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS)
    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-533 82k USS LST-533 dropping anchor while beaching at Normandy during the invasion, June 1944.
    US Army Signal Corps newsreel photo.
    Paulo Soukup
    145k USS LST-310 (2nd LST from the right) along with other ships putting cargo ashore on one of the invasion beaches, at low tide during the first days of the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Among identifiable ships present are USS LST-532 (in the center of the view); USS LST-262 (3rd LST from right); USS LST-533 (partially visible at far right); USS LST-524 and LCT-637 beached above the tide line. Note the barrage balloons overhead and Army "half-track" convoy forming up on the beach.
    US Coast Guard photo # 26-G-2517 from the US Coast Guard collection in the US National Archives.
    Arthur DeLorenzo MoMM3/c USS LST 262
    276k From left to right; USS LST-58, USS LST-532, LCT-637 USS LST-310, USS LST-533 unload across the Normandy beachhead, during the first days of the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Note the barrage balloons overhead.
    US National Archives Identifier 205578624, Local Identifier 26-G-2515, US Coast Guard photo # 2515.
    Marilyn Smith and David Upton
    LST-533 319k USS LST-533 underway, 29 April 1954, location unknown. John W. Klar
    LST-533 219k USS Cheboygan County (LST-533) beached during a training invasion near Ft. Pierce, FL in November 1962. Bill Gonyo
    LST-533 19k USS Cheboygan County (LST-533) underway, location unknown, circa 1968. Photo by Michael Rougier
    LST-533 72k USS Cheboygan County (LST-533) underway, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-533 82k USS Cheboygan County (LST-533), USS Walworth County (LST-1164), a Fletcher Class Destroyer and an MSTS Range Tracking ship moored at Rodman Naval Station, Panama Canal Zone, circa mid-1960s. Bill Cole

    USS Cheboygan County (LST-533)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hanks, Clarence Edwin, USN27 January 1944 - 1946
     Decommissioned1 December 1955 - 18 November 1961
    02LT. Beardslee Jr., Ralph Currier, USN18 November 1961 - 27 July 1963
    03LT. Buchanan, Auda Edward, USN27 July 1963 - 2 August 1965
    04LT. Allemang, John David, USN2 August 1965 - 8 May 1967
    05LT. Durkee, Leroy Ralph, USN8 May 1967 - 6 May 1969
    06LT. Greeson, Tommy Darell, USN 6 May 1969 - 15 August 1969
    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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