USS LST-511

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LST-511
LST-511 off Omaha Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944
History
Name: USS LST-511
Builder: Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, Seneca, Illinois
Laid down: 22 July 1943
Launched: 30 November 1943
Commissioned: 3 January 1944
Decommissioned: 19 December 1945
Struck: 8 January 1946
Honours and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
Fate: Sold, 17 February 1948
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-491-class tank landing ship
Displacement:
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
  • 3,640 long tons (3,698 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded :
  • 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward
  • 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Loaded :
  • 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward
  • 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
Depth:
  • 8 ft (2.4 m) forward
  • 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 LCVPs
Troops: Approximately 130 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 8-10 officers, 89-100 enlisted men
Armament:

USS LST-511 was an LST-491-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II.

LST-511 was laid down on 22 July 1943 at Seneca, Illinois by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company; launched on 30 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. James V. Gaynor; and commissioned on 3 January 1944 with Lieutenant John Yacevich in command.

Service history[edit]

During World War II, LST-511 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June, 1944. Designated as a hospital ship for the invasion with two doctors and a contingent of corpsmen, she completed 50 round trips from English ports to the Normandy beaches. LST-511 was also one of the eight LSTs participating in "Exercise Tiger", a practice for D-Day on 28 April, during which German E-boats attacked, hitting three of the eight LSTs. Two sank immediately and the third was towed to port by its own LCVPs.

Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 19 December 1945 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 8 January 1946. On 17 February 1948 the ship was sold to the Anglo-Canadian Pulp & Paper Mills of Quebec, Canada for operation and renamed Robert McMichael. In service into the late 1960s, her final fate is unknown.

LST-511 received one battle star for World War II service.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

  • "LST-511". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 31 March 2007. 
  • "LST-511". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 31 March 2007. 

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