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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 May 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 8 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-584, 5 August 1944, ENS. Donald B. Russell, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-584 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 11 March 1945
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-584 was assigned Occupation service in the Far East 10 to 20 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS LST-584 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 March 1948 to Green's Bayou Transporters, Houston, TX for non-self propelled operation, fate unknown
    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'
    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
    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
    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-705 37k USS LST-584, USS LST-705 and an unidentified LST beached while unloading trucks and equipment in the Philippines, date and location unknown. Jess Dunham ABCS USN for his father-in-law CMoMM Virgil M. Morden USS LST-705
    LST-171 369k USS LST-584, USS LST-171 loading at Morotai in April, 1945.
    LIFE Magazine Archives, Carl Mydans Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest.
    Mike Green
    LST-171 314k USS LST-171, USS LST-584, USS LST-697 and USS LST-585 loading at Morotai in April, 1945.
    LIFE Magazine Archives, Carl Mydans Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest.
    Mike Green
    LST-171 389k
    LST-590 351k USS LST-584 and USS LST-590 beached on Red Beach, Tarakan Island while unloading, 1 May 1945. Carl Kracht for his father PHom1/c Ken Kracht
    LST-584 78k USS LST-584 beached on Lingkas beach, Tarakan, Netherlands East Indies, 1 May 1945. An anti-tank ditch about 25 feet wide and studded with posts driven into the ground constitutes part of the Japanese defenses on Tarakan Island. The ditch, situated between the beach and the road behind it, failed to hinder the success of Operation Oboe One, the attack and landing on the island by troops of the 9th Australian Division. Ships of the US Navy's Amphibious Group Six seen in the background supported the landing.(Donor Dr Wootten)
    Australian War Memorial photo # PO2334.004.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-584/697 40k USS LST-584 and LST-697, at Tarakan, Borneo, circa 27 April to 5 May 1945. LST Home Port web site
    LST-584 59k Waiting for a high tide to refloat USS LST-584 and USS LST-585 are sitting high and dry on the muddy beach at Tarakan, Borneo in May 1945.
    Australian War Memorial, No. 018467
    Mike Green
    LST-562 78k USS LST-584 and LST-562 beached at Morotai, 30 May 1945 while Australian Army troops of 2/19th Transport Platoon load the units DUKWs aboard for transport to North Borneo and "Operation Oboe 6".
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108519.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-584 84k USS LST-584 and other LSTs beached at Morotai, 30 May 1945 while waiting to load troops and equipment aboard for transport to North Borneo and "Operation Oboe 6".
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108520.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-584 241k USS LST-584 beached while unloading across a beach, date and location unknown. Kevin Gray

    USS LST-584
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Russell, Donald B., USNR5 August 1944 - 10 November 1945
    02LT. Bradley, William M., USNR10 November 1945 - 15 December 1945
    03LTjg. Gustafson Jr., H. M., USNR15 December 1945 - 12 April 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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