C3 May 1944 ~ 11 February 1945
During World War II , the Evansville river front was transformed into a 45 acre shipyard capable of producing LSTs (Landing Ship Tanks) whose ability to land men and material in various theaters of operations was indispensable to the war effort.
Evansville Shipyard
Evansville, Indiana
This metamorphosis brought a peak work force of 19,200 workers to the Yard as Evansville became the largest producer of LSTs in the nation.  Though the Navy had originally contracted Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron, the lead contractor for 24 ships, 167 LSTs and 35 other craft were eventually built at the Evansville Shipyard.  At peak production, two vessels were completed each week.  
World War II LST Configuration
The LST 577 was laid down on 3 May 1944 at Evansville, Indiana, by the Misouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company

16 June 1944 ~ LST 577 Launching sponsored by Mrs. Christopher Roeder

10 July 1944 ~ LST 577 Commissioned  ~  Lt, Carl H. Stahl in command

During World War II , LST 577 was assigned to the Asiatic Pacific theater and participated in the Leyte landings in November 1944 and the Lingayen Gulf landings in January 1945. 
On Sunday morning, 11 February 1945, about 0905 hours.  The weather was foggy and drizzling rain. 

The ships were in convoy formation east of Mindinano, Philippine Islands and approaching the point of rendezvous with some other ships.  The convoy was on a resupply run to Lingayen Gulf, Leyte.

The crew of the LST 577 were allowed by its skipper Lt. Carl H Stahl, to sleep in some extra time that morning.   At approximately 0905 hours,  two torpedeos from the Japanese sub RO50 , passed through the convoy from port to starboard and struck the LST 577, at convoy position Number 21, on the port quarter. 

The explosion occurred just aft of the auxiliary engine room and broke the ship in two.  The entire forward section of the ship aft frame sank immediately.  The forward section remained afloat.       
11 February 1945

Philippines Islands

Latitude 8 Degrees 0 Seconds North
Longitude 130 Degrees 8 Seconds East
Over 166 Navy and Army personnel lost their lives.
LST 577 was struck from the Navy list on 30 March 1945.
CLST 577 Earned Two Battle Stars For Heroic World War II Service
Historical Photos

Pictures courtesy of the Evansville Museum of Arts & Science
L. J. Lundgen Selling the Ship
LST 577
Mr. Lundgen &  Lt. Stanley
Mrs. Christopher Roeder
Mrs.  Roeder at Launching Ceremony
16 June 1944
Mrs. Roeder, Miss Roeder and Navy Personnel
Mr. & Mrs. Olaf Rogle ~ Launching Ceremony
Broom Raising
Lt. Stanley Reading Orders at Commissioning Ceremony
10 July 1944
LST 577 Commissioning Ceremony
10 July 1944
LST 577 Commissioned
10 July 1944
Commissioning Ceremony
Friday, 16 June 1944 ~ LST 577 Launchingr text.
This page was last updated on: October 17, 2011
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