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USS Clarke County (LST-601)
USS LST-601 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Bravo - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (17 November 1967 to 1 December 1967_ - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) -American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross (4) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USS Clark County (LST-601) was transferred to Indonesia and renamed KRI Teluk Saleh (LST-510)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 October 1943, by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 4 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-601, 25 March 1944, LT. Robert L. Ledbetter USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-601 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-601 was assigned to the Amphibious Force, US Atlantic Fleet, including one deployment to the Mediterranean in 1949 in which she earned the Navy Occupation Service Medal for the period 20 January to 15 May 1949
  • Named USS Clarke County (LST 601), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 23 November 1955
  • Recommissioned, 28 July 1966
  • During the Vietnam War USS Clarke County participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    11 January to 10 February 1967
    10 April to 8 May 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    24 June to 27 July 1969
    9 September to 1 October 1969
    18 to 23 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    14 July to 20 August 1967
    9 to 14 October 1967
    27 October to 21 December 1967
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 January to 14 February 1970
    5 March to 3 May 1970
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    10 to 31 March 1969

  • Decommissioned in 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to Indonesia, date unknown, renamed KRI Teluk Saleh (LST-510)
  • Disposed of by Indonesian Navy, 26 January 2011
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-601 earned one battle star for World War II service and as USS Clarke County (LST-601), six campaign stars plus two awards of the Meritorious Unit Commendation for Vietnam War service
    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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    USS LST-601
    LST-601/602/603 77k From left to right, USS LST 601, USS LST-602and USS LST-603, at the Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA., 10 May 1944. The Library of Virginia US Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection
    LST-601 18k USS LST-601 and USS LST-1019 moored at Naples, Italy in 1945. LST Homeport web site
    LST-601 20k
    LST-601 28k USS LST-601 beached at Monte Carlo, France in 1945. LST Homeport web site
    LST-601 50k USS LST-601 moored, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USS Clark County (LST-601)
    LST-601 57k USS Clarke County (LST-601), underway off the coast of South Vietnam, circa 1967.
    US Navy photo
    Bill Stute DC3 USN
    LST-601 45k USS Clarke County (LST-601), beached in Cau Viet River, Republic of South Vietnam, 1967. Photo by Bill Stute DC3 USN
    LST-601 49k USS Clarke County (LST-601) unloading tanks while beached in Cau Viet River, Republic of South Vietnam, 1967. Photo by Bill Stute DC3 USN
    LST-601 344k USS Clarke County (LST-601) at anchor in Vung Tau Harbor in South Vietnam, circa early-1970, while receiving supplies by helicopter. Photo by Steven Eldred SN USN
    USS Clarke County (LST-601)
    LST-601 128k USS Clarke County (LST-601) beached at Vinh Long on the Mekong River, South Vietnam in 1970. Photo by Richard Haffey

    USS LST-601/USS Clarke County (LST-601)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ledbetter, Robert Ledd, USN25 March 1944 - 1944
    02LTjg. Hotchkiss, J. W., USNR1944 - August 1945
    03LTjg. Eiseman, Frederick B., USNRAugust 1945 - December 1945
    04LT. Boyett, Arford Clennon, USNDecember 1945 - ?
    05LT. Oliver Jr., James Davisno dates
     Decommissioned23 November 1955 - 29 July 1966
    06LT. Goldsberry, Harold D.28 July 1966 - ?
    07LT. Davis, Norman Ewing1959 - July 1970
    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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