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LST - 550 - 600

LST - 550

LST - 550 was laid down on 13 November 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 9 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Henry D. Hoover; and commissioned on 10 April 1944, Lt. V. A. Meehan, USNR, in command. During World War 11, LST-550 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. She was then assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and took part in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in June 1945. Following the war, LST-550 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 13 January 1946. On 31 March 1952, the ship was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service and served as USNS LST-550 until struck from the Navy list on 1 November 1973. LST-550 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 551

LST - 551 was laid down on 15 January 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 11 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. H. Edward Lannan; and commissioned on 14 April 1944. During World War II, LST-551 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. Following the war, LST-551 performed occupation service in Europe until early July 1945. The ship then performed post-World War II service with Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet until she was decommissioned on 10 June 1955. On 1 July 1955, LST-551 was redesignated Chesterfield County (LST-551) after counties in South Carolina and Virginia. She was recommissioned on 21 December 1965 and operated off Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. Decommissioned once again, she was struck from the Navy list on 1 June 1970 and sold to Mitsui and Co., Japan, in February 1971 for scrapping. LST-551 earned one battle star for World War II service and two for Vietnam service.

LST - 552

LST - 552 was laid down on 19 January 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 14 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Robert A. Burns; and commissioned on 19 April 1944, Lt. R. E. Sandvigen in command. During World War 11, LST-552 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September and October 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-552 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-October 1945. Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 19 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 1 May that same year. On 3 November 1947, the tank landing ship was sold to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-552 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 553

LST - 553 was laid down on 24 January 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co.; launched on 16 March 1944; sponsored by Miss Agnes L. Maulding; and commissioned on 22 April 1944, Lt. John K. Alegeo in command. During World War II, LST-553 was assigned to the AsiaticPacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September and October 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landings-January 1945 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April through June 1945 Following the war, LST-553 conducted minesweeping operations in the waters surrounding the Japanese home islands as well as occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1947. She was decommissioned on 13 February 1947 and transferred to the U.S. Army at Yokohama, Japan. On 25 April 1947, the ship was struck from the Navy list. LST-553 earned five battle stars for World War 11 service. LST-554 was laid down on 30 January 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 18 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. T. R. Davis; and commissioned on 27 April 1944. During World War II, LST-554 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September and October 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landings-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 LST-554 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 20 July 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 25 September 1946. On 29 March 1948, the ship was sold to Kaiser, Inc., of Vancouver, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-554 earned four battle stars for World War 11 service.

LST - 555

LST - 555 was laid down on 5 February 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; 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 Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September and October 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April through June 1945 The ship was badly damaged as a result of grounding off Wakayama, Japan, on 18 September 1945. Following the war, LST-555 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. She was decommissioned on 6 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 21 January that same year. Her hulk was destroyed by gunfire on 26 January 1946. LST-555 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 556

LST - 556 was laid down on 4 February 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 7 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. James C. Bradshaw; and commissioned on I May 1944. During World War II, LST-556 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September and October 1944 Leyte landing-October and November 1944 Ormoc Bay landings-December 1944 Mindoro landings-December 1944 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April and May 1945 Following the war, LST-556 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 14 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 April that same year. On 26 April 1948, the ship was sold to the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., of Chester, Pa., and subsequently scrapped. LST-556 earned five battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 557

LST - 557 was laid down on 8 February 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 11 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Edward J. Baechle; and commissioned on 5 May 1944. During World War II, LST-557 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September and October 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landings-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-557 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until late May 1946. The ship was decommissioned and transferred to the Republic of China as lend-lease on 29 May 1946. She was struck from the Navy list on 12 March 1948. LST-557 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 558

LST - 558 was laid down on 11 February 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 14 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Henry Goodman; and commissioned on 8 May 1944, Lt. (jg.) H. A. Bisonet in command. During World War II, LST-558 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September and October 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-558 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early February 1946. The ship returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 13 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 16 September 1947. On 24 May 1948, the tank landing ship was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa., for scrapping. LST-558 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 559

LST - 559 was laid down on 14 February 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 18 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Carl J. Futter; and commissioned on 9 May 1944, Lt. Richard T. Smith, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-559 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September and October 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-559 performed occupation duty in the Far East and service in China until midMay 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on I June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 June that same year. On 5 December 1947, the tank landing ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines. LST-559 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 560

LST - 560 was laid down on 22 February 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 21 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. L. C. Holm; and commissioned on 2 May 1944. During World War II, LST-560 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Palawan Island landings-March 1945 Visayan Island landings-March and April 1945 Brunei Bay operation-June 1945 Following the war, LST-560 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-October 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 17 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 June that same year. On 12 September 1946, the tank landing ship was sold to the Construction Power & Merchandising Co., of Brooklyn, N.Y. LST-560 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 561

LST - 561 was laid down on 24 February 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 25 April 1944; sponsored by Miss Marie Meier; and commissioned on 15 May 1944. During World War II, LST-561 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. She was decommissioned on 30 April 1946. Due to hostilities in Korea, the ship was recommissioned on 18 September 1950 and assigned to Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. She participated in the United Nations effort in Korea and performed services in the Far East, the Arctic, and off the west coast of CONUS. On 1 July 1955, she was redesignated Chittenden County (LST-561) after a county in Vermont. The tank landing ship was decommissioned again on 2 June 1958. Struck from the Navy list on 27 June 1948, Chittenden County was sunk as a target south of Oahu, Hawaii, on 21 October 1958. LST-561 earned one battle star for World War II service and two for Korean service.

LST - 562

LST - 562 was laid down on 28 February 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 28 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. D. A. Nordeen; and commissioned on 18 May 1944. During World War 11, LST-562 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the Morotai landings in September 1944 and the Tarakan Island operation in April and May 1945. Following the war, LST-562 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945. She was decommissioned on 21 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. On 19 April 1948, the ship was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa., and subsequently scrapped. LST-562 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 563

LST - 563 was laid down on 4 March 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 1 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. N. E. Senescall; and commissioned on 20 May 1944, Lt. J. B. Hockswender, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-563 was grounded on Clipperton Island in the eastern Pacific, 670 miles southwest of Mexico, on 21 December 1944 and suffered extensive damage. After numerous unsuccessful at tempts to free her, LST-563 was stripped and abandoned on 9 February 1945. She was struck from the Navy list on 23 February 1945.

LST - 564

LST - 564 was laid down on 5 March 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 4 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Frances Cassady; and commissioned on 25 May 1944. During World War II, LST-564 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Leyte landings in October 1944 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from April until June 1945. Following the war, LST-564 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early November 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 8 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on I May that same year. On 31 December 1948, the ship was sold to Brown & Root, Inc., of Houston, Tex., for operation. LST-564 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 565

LST - 565 was laid down on 16 March 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 8 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Vergil P. Dyer; and commissioned on 25 May 1944. During World War II, LST-565 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-October 1944 Mindoro landings-December 1944 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-May 1945 Following the war, LST-565 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-May 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 13 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. The ship was disposed of on 21 June 1948. LST-565 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 566

LST - 566 was laid down on 17 March 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 11 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. George C. Martin; and commissioned on 29 May 1944. Following World War II, LST-566 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early March 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 11 March 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she served as USNS LST- 566 until struck from the Navy list on I November 1973. USNS LST-566 was transferred to the Philippine Navy on 13 September 1976.

LST - 567

LST - 567 was laid down on 20 March 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co; launched on 15 May 1944; sponsored by Miss Elizabeth Funkey; and commissioned on 1 June 1944. During World War II, LST-567 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-June 1945 Following the war, LST-567 performed occupation duty in the Far East until late January 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 28 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 October 1947. On 24 May 1948, the ship was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa., and subsequently scrapped. LST-567 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 568

LST - 568 was laid down on 21 March 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 18 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Arthur E. Owen; and commissioned on 3 June 1944. During World War II, LST-568 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landing-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-568 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-October 1945. She was decommissioned on 4 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 20 March that same year. LST-568 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 569

LST - 569 was laid down on 24 March 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 20 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. George W. Lamb; and commissioned on 5 June 1944. During World War II, LST-569 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landings-January 1945 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-April and May 1945 Following the war, LST-569 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China untli mid-May 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 13 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 15 October that same year. On 5 December 1947, she was sold to Bosey, Philippines. LST-569 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 570

LST - 570 was laid down on 14 April 1944 at Evansviille, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 22 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. L. J. Prues, Jr.; and commissioned on 9 June 1944, Lt. Frank A. Neun, USNR, in command. During World War If, LST-570 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April through June 1945. Following the war, LST- 570 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-November 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 14 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 June that same year. On 31 December 1948, the ship was sold to the Patapsco Scrap Corp., Baltimore, Md. LST-570 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 571

LST - 571 was laid down on 14 April 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 25 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Joseph H. Hayes; and commissioned on 14 June 1944, Lt. Walter A. Raleigh in command. During World War II, LST-571 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from April to June 1945. Following the war, LST- 571 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early December 1945. Upon her return to the United States, LST-571 was decommissioned on 12 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 April that same year. On 17 August 1948, the ship was sold to the Port Houston Iron Works, Inc., of Houston, Tex., for non-self-propelled operation. LST-571 earned two battle stars for World War If service.

LST - 572

LST - 572 was laid down on 15 April 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 29 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. B. B. Dumville; and commissioned on 19 June 1944, Lt. James N. Kincanon in command. During World War II, LST-572 was assigned-to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May and June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early March 1946. LST-572 was decommissioned on 8 March 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she operated as USNS LST-572. The ship was struck from the Navy list on 15 June 1973 and sold on 19 November that same year to Yi Ho Enterprise Corp. LST-572 earned one battle star for World War If service.

LST - 573

LST - 573 was laid down on 15 April 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co launched on 31 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Ernest C. Stroebe; and commissioned on 21 June 1944. During World War 11, LST-573 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Mindoro landings-December 1944 Consolidation of the southern Philippines: (a) Visayan Island landings-March and April 1945 (b) Mindanao Island landings-March 1945 Following the war, LST-573 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-January 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 24 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 October 1947. On 26 May 1948, the ship was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa. LST-573 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 574

LST - 574 was laid down on 16 April 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co launched on 5 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Ear Koester; and commissioned on 26 June 1944, Lt. (jg.) Francis Canny, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-574 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landings-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-March 1945 Following the war, LST-574 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-May 1946. She was decommissioned on 17 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. On 5 November 1947, the ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines. LST-574 earned three battle stars for World War If service.

LST - 575

LST - 575 was redesignated APB-41 and named Wythe (q.v.) on 31 March 1945.

LST - 576

LST - 576 was laid down on 3 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 12 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Joseph Perry; and commissioned on 8 July 1944. During World War II, LST-576 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. Following the war, LST-576 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945. Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 14 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 9 June that same year. On 7 October 1947, she was sold to Leland Louis Green, Jr., of Charleston, S.C., for scrapping. LST-576 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 577

LST - 577 was laid down on 3 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 16 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Christopher Roeder; and commissioned on 10 July 1944, Lt. Carl H. Stahl in command. During World War 11, LST-577 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the Leyte landings in November 1944 and the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945. She was sunk by a Japanese submarine-launched torpedo off the Philippines on 11 February 1945. The tank landing ship was struck from the Navy list on 30 March 1945. LST--577 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 578

LST - 578 was laid down on 4 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 19 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. A. B. Morris; and commissioned on 15 July 1944, Lt. D. C. Wooldridge in command. During World War II, LST-578 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing--January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-March and April 1945 Following the war, LST-578 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-March 1946. She was decommissioned on 22 March 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she operated as USNS LST-578. LST-578 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 579

LST - 579 was laid down on 4 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 22 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Mary Ellen Bonk; and commissioned on 21 July 1944, Lt. Hugh B. Severs, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-579 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings-November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-March and April 1945 Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-579 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-February 1946. She was decomissioned on 24 February 1946. On 31 March 1952, the ship was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service where she operated as USNS LST-579. LST-579 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 580

LST - 580 was laid down on 17 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 26 June 1944; sponsored by Miss Mary Louise Rust; and commissioned on 25 July 1944, Lt. H. F. Guenzl in command. During World War II, LST-580 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Lingayen Gulf landings in January 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. Following the war, LST-580 performed occupation duty in the Far East until late January 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 29 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 October 1947. On 2 May 1948, the ship was sold to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, Wash., for scrapping, LST-580 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 581

LST - 581 was laid down on 17 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 29 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Jack Rogers; and commissioned on 27 July 1944, Lt. 0. 1'. Rapelyea in command. During World War II, LST-581 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May and June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until late January 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 28 January 1946 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 31 March 1952 where she served as LST-581 until struck from the Navy list on 1 June 1972. On 25 May 1973, LST-581 was sold to Dongkuk Steel Co. of America, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., for scrapping. LST-581 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 582

LST - 582 was laid down on 18 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 1 July 1944; sponsored by Miss Isabel Daniel; and commissioned on 31 July 1944. During World War II, LST-582 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until late January 1946. The ship returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 29 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 October 1947. On 24 May 1948, she was sold to Consolidated Builders, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., for scrapping. LST-582 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 583

LST - 583 was laid down on 18 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 5 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. D. C. Hollis; and commissioned on 2 August 1944, Lt. Philip E. Acker, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-583 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-March and April 1945 Following the war, LST-583 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945. She was decommissioned in March 1946. The tank landing ship was named Churchill County (LST-583) on I July 1955 after a county in Nevada. The ship was recommissioned on 1 November 1960 and performed services for Commander, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet, until she was again decommissioned in September 1968. LST-583 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 584

LST - 584 was laid down on 8 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 8 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Paul Galbraith; and commissioned on 5 August 1944, Ens. D. B. Russell, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-584 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Mindanao Island landings in March 1945 and the Tarakan Island operation in April and May 1945. Following the war, LST-584 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 12 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. On 19 March 1948, the ship was sold to Green's Bayou Transporters, Houston, Tex., for non-self-propelled operation. LST-584 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 585

LST - 585 was laid down on 31 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 12 July 1944; sponsored by Miss Barbara Harper; and commissioned on 8 August 1944, Lt. A. P. Morse, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-585 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mariveles-Corregidor-February 1945 Tarakan Island operation-April and May 1945 Following the war, LST-585 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-July 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 31 July 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 28 August that same year. On 5 October 1946, the ship was sold to the Netherlands East Indies. LST-585 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 586

LST - 586 was laid down on 1 June 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.,launched on 15 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. J. R. Woods; and commissioned on 15 August 1944, Lt. Charles E. Ford, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-586 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landings November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mariveles-Corregidor-February 1945 Following the war, LST-586 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early February 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 17 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 29 September 1947. On 28 May 1948, the ship was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa., and subsequently scrapped. LST-586 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 587

LST - 587 was laid down on 2 June 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 19 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Charles F. Greever; and commissioned on 18 August 1944. During World War II, LST-587 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from April to June 1945. Following the war, LST-587 performed occupation duty and saw service in China until early February 1946. On 31 March 1952, the ship was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service where she served as USNS LST-587 until struck on I June 1972. LST-587 was sold to S. S. Zee, Taipei, Taiwan, on 17 September 1973 for scrapping. LST-587 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 588

LST - 588 was laid down on 6 June 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co - launched on 22 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. A Toulon; and commissioned on 19 August 1944. During World War II, LST-588 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early May 1946. On 8 June 1946, the ship was decommissioned and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. LST-588 was sold to Bosey, Philippines, and delivered on 9 October 1948. LST-588 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 589

LST - 589 was laid down on 8 June 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 26 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Russel S. Gibson; and commissioned on 24 August 1944. Following World War II, LST-589 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-July 1946. She was decommissioned on 14 September 1946 and sold to Bosey, Philippines, on 17 December that same year. LST-589 was struck from the Navy list on 23 April 1947.

LST - 590

LST - 590 was laid down on 19 June 1944 at Evans. ville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 29 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. W. F. Broun; and commissioned on 26 August 1944, Ens. Boyd J. Arnett in command. During World War II, LST-590 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Tarakan Island operation from April to May 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 2 February 1946. On 31 March 1952, LST-590 was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service where she served as USNS LST-590 until struck from the Navy list on 15 June 1973. The ship was sold to S. S. Zee, Taipei, Taiwan, on 17 September 1973 for scrapping. LST-590 earned one battle star for World War 11 service.

LST - 591

LST - 591 was laid down on 21 June 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 2 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. W. B. Parsons; and commissioned on 29 August 1944, Lt. Robert C. Allen in command. During World War II, LST-591 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Mindanao Island landings in March 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 5 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 29 September 1947. On 24 May 1948, LST-591 was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa., for scrapping. In LST- 591 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 592

LST - 592 was laid down on 24 June 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 5 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. John Dixon; and commissioned on 1 September 1944. During World War II, LST-592 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations : Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-April through May 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-June 1945 Following the war, LST-592 performed occupation duty in the Far East until late November 1945. The ship returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 11 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 July that same year. On 23 October 1947, she was sold to the Boston Metals Corp., Baltimore, Md., for scrapping. LST-592 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 593

LST - 593 was laid down on 28 June 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 9 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Olaf A. Ragle; and commissioned on 5 September 1944, Lt. Fairfield P. Day, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-593 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the Mindanao Island landings from April to May 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until late October 1945. The ship returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 18 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 8 May that same year. On 28 May 1948, she was sold to the Alexander Shipyards, Inc., of New Orleans, La., for operation. LST-593 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 594

LST - 594 was laid down on 1 July 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 12 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Everett B. Wiley; and commissioned on 6 September 1944, Lt. Edgar Y. M. Henderson, USNR, in command. Following World War II, LST-594 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid- February 1946. The ship was decommissioned on 21 February 1946 and was struck from the Navy list on 5 March 1947. On 4 June 1947, she was sold to the government of South Korea.

LST - 595

LST - 595 was laid down on 7 July 1944 at Evansvifle, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 16 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Adlai Russell; and commissioned on 14 September 1944, Lt. A. C. Jackson, USNR, in command. During World War 11, LST-595 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the Palawan Island landings in March 1945 and the Visayan Island landings in March and April 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until January 1946. LST-595 was decommissioned on 3 January 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 5 March 1947. On 31 May 1947, LST-595 was sold to the government of South Korea. LST-595 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 596

LST - 596 was laid down on It July 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 21 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Palmer L. McMichael; and commissioned on 14 September 1944. Following World War II, LST-596 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-May 1946. She was decommissioned on 12 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 25 September that same year. The ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines, on 5 December 1947.

LST - 597

LST - 597 was laid down on 12 July 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; -launched on 28 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Bernice C. Palmer; and commissioned on 19 September 1944. During World War II, LST-597 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Palawan Island landings-March 1945 Visayan Island landings-March and April 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-June 1945 Following the war, LST-597 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early March 1946. Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 5 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 29 September 1947. On 31 May 1948, she was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa., for scrapping. LST-597 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 598

LST - 598 was laid down on 14 July 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 29 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Robert H. Vickery; and commissioned on 22 September 1944, Lt. Marion V. Reeder, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-598 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April and May 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early June 1946. LST-598 was decomissioned on 10 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 July that same year. LST-598 earned one battle star for World War 11 service.

LST - 599

LST - 599 was laid down on 18 July 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 2 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. J. M. Robinson; and commissioned on 27 September 1944, Lt. P. P. Roney in command. During World War II, LST-599 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until June 1946. The tank landing ship was decommissioned on I June 1946 and sold to Bosey, Philippines, on 5 December 1947. She was struck from the Navy list on 22 January 1948. LST-599 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 600

LST - 600 was laid down on 6 October 1943 at Seneca, Ill., by the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 28 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Helena Wilson Carpender; and commissioned on 20 March 1944. Following World War II, LST-600 performed occupation duty in the Par East until late February 1946. On 31 March 1952, she was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service where she operated as USNS LST-600 until struck from the Navy list on I June 1969.

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