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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Charlie - Tango
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 (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 10 December 1943 at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 15 April 1944
Placed in reduced commission, 27 April 1944, for transit to her fitting out yard at New Orleans, LA.
Commissioned in full USS LST-609, 15 May 1944, LT. Walter S. Schaar USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-609 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Zambales-Subic Bay, 9 January 1945
Lingayen Gulf landing, 12 to 18 December 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 to 30 January 1945
For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-609 was assigned to:
LST Flotilla Sixteen, CAPT. N. W. Sears;
LST Group Forty-Seven, CDR. L. A. Drexler USN (23);
LST Division Ninety-Three
Decommissioned, 4 January 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 September 1947, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD.
USS LST-609 earned four battle stars for World War II service
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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||LSTs unloading supplies at Leyte Gulf in October 1944.
USS LST-242, and USS LST-608 at the bottom of the photo. In the middle of the photo and in the background can be seen numerous small craft along with six additional LSTs. Recognizable are USS LST-609 and USS LST-219.
US Army Signal Corps. photo
|Dave Kerr and Vicki Purl Ferrier-Taylor for Purl Allan Ferrier, Seaman 1st class, SV-6 USNR.
||USS LST-609 and USS LST-660 beached in the Philippines, date and location unknown.
||Photo by Richard R. Humpert USS LST-660
submitted by Matt Schneider by his grandfather Richard R. Humpert
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)