The Paul McIlvaine Collection - WWII Short Snorters - U. S. Currency
The Short Snorter Project
HAWAII OVERPRINT - Serial # S50300329C - "
U.S.S. LST 510"
This is a short snorter that has names and a ship. It was traced back to a man who served on the ship. He was able to
identify the names.  The history and present location of the ship were also discovered. "Wish they were all that easy"-PM
Ten signatures on the front of this note as follows:
                        Fred A. Warren  SK 3/C                        
  U.S.S. LST 510                    Robert Conor  (Pharmacists Mate)      
                        Gus Leavans  (Seaman)                                                               Michael Lanzafamz
                         C. B. Shook (Cook)                                                                                 Moe Pasternack    
                         Leon White (Seaman)                     
                         John W. Strong   Co  Balt. Md.                                                                      Deacon Jones
                                                                                                                                                                                   Leslie C. Darling
Ten signatures on the back of this note as follows:
                                 Gene Langan                                                        Davidson – J. Camall
                                                                                              Joseph G. Rockan   Miflland, Maryland
                                                                                                         Dion Rogers
                                                                             Charles I. McAnena        William G Shepard   (inverted)
N. Garris Jr  Cx  Penna.
                                 Hank Aiyk  HFN2
                             Rotz..indecipherable. records show a Harold Rozploch
                                                                            HISTORY OF U.S.S. LST-510
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
•  Launched, 30 November 1943  Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
•  Commissioned USS LST-510, 31 January 1944, at New Orleans, LA., LT. George P. Andrews in command.
•  During World War II LST-510 was assigned to the European Theater. She participated in the: Invasion of Normandy,
         June 1944 & received one battle star for WW II service.
•  Decommissioned, 1 July 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
•  Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs.
•  Named USS Buncombe County (LST-510), 1 July 1955.
•  Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1958.
•  Sold in 1960 or 1961, Chesapeake Bay Ferry District, Norfolk, VA., renamed MV Virginia Beach.
•  Resold in 1964 or 1965 to Delaware River and Bay Authority, renamed MV Cape Henlopen and converted to a
          passenger and auto ferry in 1966, operated between Lewes, Delaware - Cape May, New .Jersey.
•  Purchased in 1983 by Cross Sound Ferry Services Inc., New London, CT. and name retained.
•  Currently operating as a ferry between New London, CT. and Orient Point on Long Island, N.Y.
LST-510 shown underway during World War 2.
Displacement: 1490 tons (lite); 4,080 tons (full load of 2,100 tons)
Length: 327’
Draft: 8' fwd; 14'4" aft (full load)
Beam:  50’
Speed: 10.8 knots (max); 9 knots (economy)
Armament: 1 x 3"/50 DP; 1 x 40mm; 6 x 20mm
Complement: 7 officers, 104 enlisted
Propulsion: Diesel engines, twin screws
LSTs carry smaller craft topside, a tunnel-like hold full of tanks, vehicles, guns or cargo.
A letter from one of the survivors, Ernie Williams, identifying names on the short snorter.