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USS LST-585 was transferred to the Netherlands East Indies
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 31 May 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 12 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-585, 8 August 1944, LT. Alfred P. Morse, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-585 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945
    Manila Bay - Bicol operation
    Mariveles-Corregidor operation, 14 to 28 February 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-585 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    10 October 1945 to 20 July 194610 October 1945 to 20 July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • USS LST-585 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Netherlands East Indies, 5 October 1946
  • Final Disposition, 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-585 82k Double exposure of USS LST-585 under way looking forward from the deck house towards the bow, date and location unknown. Dan Butler
    LST-585 69k Looking aft from USS LST-585 on a convoy column, date and location unknown. Dan Butler
    LST-585 84k USS LST-585 beached, date and location unknown. Dan Butler
    LST-585 325k USS LST-585 approaching the LST loading area at Morotai in April, 1945.
    LIFE Magazine Archives, Carl Mydans Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    Mike Green
    LST-697 267k USS LST-585 and USS LST-697 loading supplies at Morotai, in April, 1945. The Battle of Tarakan Island was the first campaign in the recapture of Borneo from the Japanese.
    LIFE Magazine Archives, Carl Mydans Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    Mike Green
    LST-697 234k
    LST-697 317k
    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-584 59k Waiting for a high tide to refloat USS LST-585 and USS LST-584 are sitting high and dry on the muddy beach at Tarakan, Borneo in May 1945.
    Australian War Memorial, No. 018467
    Mike Green
    LST-585 46k After being loaded with troops and equipment USS LST-585 backs away from the beach, 6 June 1945 at Morotai, Dutch East Indies. The ship is loaded with Australian HQ 9th Division, as part of the OBOE 6 operation.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 108699
    Mike Green

    USS LST-585
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Morse, Alfred P., USNR8 August 1944 - February 1946
    02LT. Manell, Abram E., USNRFebruary 1946 - 31 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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