|Builder:||Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company, Evansville, Indiana|
|Laid down:||5 February 1944|
|Launched:||22 March 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. R. E. Sharp|
|Commissioned:||28 April 1944|
|Decommissioned:||6 January 1946|
|Struck:||21 January 1946|
|Four battle stars for World War II|
|Fate:||Hulk destroyed by gunfire 26 January 1946|
|Class and type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||328 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Installed power:||1,800 horsepower (1.34 megawatts)|
|Propulsion:||Two 900-horsepower (0.67-megawatt) General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Range:||24,000 nautical miles (44,448 kilometerss) at 9 knots while displacing 3,960 tons|
|Boats & landing
|2 x LCVPs|
|Capacity:||1,600-1,900 tons cargo depending on mission|
|Troops:||16 officers, 147 enlisted men|
|Complement:||7 officers, 104 enlisted men|
Construction and commissioning
LST-555 was laid down on 5 February 1944 at Evansville, Indiana, by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company. She was launched on 22 March 1944, sponsored by Mrs. R. E. Sharp, and commissioned on 28 April 1944.
During World War II, LST-555 was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations. She participated in the capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands in September and October 1944. She then took part in the Philippines campaign, participating in the Leyte landings in October and November 1944 and the landings at Zambales and Subic Bay in January 1945. She then participated in the assault on and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945.
Decommissioning and disposal
Honors and awards
LST-555 earned four battle stars for her World War II service.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive LST-555