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Lost to enemy action, 8 June 1944, at Normandy
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Lima - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive,8 June 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 3 September 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 5 November 1943
Commissioned USS LST-499, 10 January 1944, LT, Elmer F. Witte, Elmer F., in command
During World War II USS LST-499 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Sunk as a result of enemy action, 8 June 1944
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 August 1944
USS LST-499 earned one battle star for World War II service
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
limiting 11' 2"
maximum navigation 14' 1"
Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun mounts
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 1,700shp
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||From right to left; USS LST-380,
USS LST-499, and
USS LST-382 at Brixham Harbour, England, 1 June 1944, loading up with equipment ready for the cross channel invasion.
US Army Signal Corps photo # SC206438 by Nehez
||USS LST-499 and other landing ships and craft off "Utah" Beach on 6 June 1944, with barrage balloons overhead. The British monitor HMS Erebus is in the right distance, painted in pattern camouflage.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-231960, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Witte, Elmer F.||10 January 1944 - 8 June 1944|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 28 November 2014
This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|