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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Yankee - India
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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
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:
Decommissioned, 31 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
Transferred to the Netherlands East Indies, 5 October 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-585 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|10 October 1945 to 20 July 1946||10 October 1945 to 20 July 1946
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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||Double exposure of USS LST-585 under way looking forward from the deck house towards the bow, date and location unknown.
||Looking aft from USS LST-585 on a convoy column, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-585 beached, date and location unknown.
||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
||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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Morse, Alfred P., USNR||8 August 1944 - February 1946|
|02||LT. Manell, Abram E., USNR||February 1946 - 31 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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