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USS LST-600 (1944 - 1952)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Bravo - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 6 October 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 28 February 1944
Commissioned USS LST-600, 20 March 1944, LT. James M. Ray, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-600 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
LST Group One Hundred Eleven LCDR. A. H. Tutt;
LST Division Two Hundred Twenty-One
Following World War II USS LST-600 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|1 to 7 October 1945
|17 October 1945 to 27 February 1946
Decommissioned, 26 February 1946
Laid up in reserve
Assigned, 31 March 1952, to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in-service as USNS T-LST-600
Loaned by MSTS to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority (SCAJAP), date unknown, redesignated Q074
Returned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), date unknown
Ran aground, 23 December 1968
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1969
Final Disposition, fate unknown
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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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||USS LST-600 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||LST Homeport web site
||USS LST-600 beached, date and location unknown.
||LST Homeport web site
|SCAJAP LST Q074
||Ex-USS LST-600 in service for the SCAJAP LST Q074 preparing to transfer repatriates at the island of Miyuko in the southern Ryukyus, circa August to December 1946.
||USNS T-LST-600 at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
||USNS T-LST-600 beached in South Vietnam, circa early 1968.
||Photo by Clarence Berard USS Luzerne County
USS LST-600 / USNS T-LST-600
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Ray, James McCoy, USN||20 March 1944 - 15 August 1945|
|02||LT. Harnden Jr., Charles E., USNR||15 August 1945 - December 1945
|03||LTjg. Parsons Jr., Arthur B., USNR||December 1945 - January 1946
|04||LTjg. Smither, Julian A., USNR||January 1946 - 26 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 19 December 2014
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