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  USS LST-577
USN
Landing Ship Tank

3,640 long tons
328' x 50' 14' 1"
1 × 3" gun
8 x 40mm guns
12 × 20mm guns
2 × .50 cal MG
2 × .30 cal MG
2 x LCVP

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USN February 11, 1945
Ship History
Built at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company in Evansville, Indiana. Laid down May 3, 1944. Launched June 16, 1944. On July 2, 1944 placed under the command of Lt. Carl H. Stahl. Commissioned on July 10, 1944.

Wartime History
During October 1944, assigned to the 7th Fleet Amphibious Force. During November 1944, participated in the landings at Leyte.

On January 9, 1945 participated in the landings at Lingayen Gulf, repelling two kamikaze attacks, and claimed a pair of Ki-44 Tojo fighters shot down and assisted in the shoot down of another.

During early February 1945 proceeding as part of a convoy sailing in a single column proceeding from Hollandia to Leyte.

Sinking History
On February 10, 1945 at roughly 8:10am hit by a torpedo fired by Japanese submarine RO-50 off the eastern coast of Mindanao. The explosion blew off roughly 1/3 of the bow including the entire bridge and the ship broke into two with the aft section sinking immediately. Aboard, 100 U. S. Army passengers and 66 of the ship's crew including Lt. Carl H. Stahl.

The forward section remained afloat after the attack. On February 11, 1945 the wreckage of LST-577 was scuttled by destroyer USS Isherwood DD-520 at roughly Lat 08.05N, Long 126.17E.

Officially stricken from the Naval Register on March 30, 1946. She earned two battle stars for World War II service.

Memorials
The passengers and crew missing were officially declared dead the day of the sinking. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Relatives
Nick Zeigler (relative of S1c John Mick, 8961790 USNR)
"I am sure you are very busy w/research. But did you ever come across any info on LST 557. My mother's cousin's ship was torpedoed off the coast of PI in WW2."

Beverly Bolger (niece of Adolph Grant, 4029671 USNR)
"Uncle Adolph Red Grant was killed on LST577. He was 23 years old."

References
NavSource - USS LST-577 (photos)
Seaman John Mick Killed in Lingayen Gulf
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Carl Hamlin Stahl
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Adolph N. Grant
FindAGrave - Lt Carl Hamlin Stahl (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - MoMM1 Adolph Narcisco Grant (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Adolph H Grant, Jr (memorial marker photo)
Thanks to Nick Zeigler and Beverly Bolger for additional information

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020

 

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