September 4, 2003
The USS LST 577 was laid down on 3 May 1944 at Evansville, Indiana by the Missouri Valley
Bridge and Iron Company; 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 II,
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. On board were Navy personnel
and Army Infantry replacements of the 279th Replacement Company ~ 21st Replacement Depot.
The landing ship
LST 577 was sunk by a Japanese submarine-launched torpedo RO 50,
east of Mindanao, off the Philippine Islands on 11 February 1945 while in a reinforcement
convoy proceeding from Hollandia to Leyte.
166 sailors and
soldiers were lost that day, including PVT Bernard Lee Morris,
279th Replacement Company, 85th Infantry.
Honoring our Fathers
takes on many different forms, and here is one, as
Tommy Morris of Ventura, CA remembers his Father and the men of the LST 577.
These photos were provided by Tom Morris, with thanks!
Some of the background history
on the LST577 was gleaned from a website
by Sharon Barbato (herself a Vietnam Veteran): Click Here. This website honors all Marines
and their service, along with the memory of Sharon's Father, Seaman First Class Leon Urbanski,
who was one of a very few who survived the sinking of the LST 577 in February of 1945.