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USS LST-579


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Xray - Papa
NEXP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)



USS LST-579 was transferred to Singapore and renamed RSN Intrepid (L-203)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 May 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 22 June 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission, 11 July 1944, at Evansville, IN., LT. F. P. Moran, USN (Ferry Command), in command
  • Commissioned in full as USS LST-579, 21 July 1944, at Algiers, LA., LT. Hugh B. Severs, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-579 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 4 to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 18 March and 17 to 23 April 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Borneo operation;
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 10 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-579 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 2 November 1945
    20 November to 10 December 1945
    10 January to 24 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 24 February 1946, and turned over to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q073
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952 and placed in service as USNS LST-579
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to Singapore in 1976, named RSN Intrepid (L-203)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-579 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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
    twin rudders

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    LST-579 150k USS LST-579 nested with two additional LSTs, date and location unknown. Jerry Lem Lem for his father Chung Wong Lem USS LST-579

    USS LST-579
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Moran, F. P., USN (Ferry Command)11 July 1944 - 21 July 1945
    02LT. Severs, Hugh B., USNR21 July 1944 - November 1945
    02LT. Richards, Floyd Eugene, USNNovember 1945 - 24 February 1946
    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
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