|Builder:||Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company, Evansville, Indiana|
|Laid down:||14 February 1944|
|Launched:||18 April 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Carl J. Futter|
|Commissioned:||9 May 1944|
|Decommissioned:||1 June 1946|
|Struck:||19 June 1946|
|Four battle stars for World War II|
|Fate:||Sold 5 December 1947
Sunk as breakwater
|Class and type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Displacement:||1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full (seagoing draft with 1,675-ton load
|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
Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
Landing with 500-ton load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
|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 and 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|
|Armament:||2 × twin 40-millimeter gun mounts
4 × single 40-millimeter gun mounts
12 × 20-millimeter guns
Construction and commissioning
LST-559 was laid down on 14 February 1944 at Evansville, Indiana, by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company. She was launched on 18 April 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Carl J. Futter, and commissioned on 9 May 1944 with Lieutenant Richard T. Smith, USNR, in command.
During World War II, LST-559 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 invasion of at Lingayen Gulf in January 1945. She then participated in the assault on and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945.
Decommissioning and disposal
LST-559 was decommissioned on 1 June 1946 at Naval Station Subic Bay on Luzon in the Philippines. She stricken from the Navy List on 19 June 1946. On 5 December 1947, she was sold to Bosey in the Philippines, where her hulk was sunk to extend the breakwater in Subic Bay.
Honors and awards
LST-559 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-559