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USS LST-613 (1944 - 1952)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Delta - Romeo
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 (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
USS LST-613 was transferred to Singapore and named RSN Persistence (L-205)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 21 January 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 2 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-613, 19 May 1944, LT. Henry P. Rollick, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-613 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT. E. Watts, USN;
LST Group Twenty-Two, CDR. E. H.Pope, USN;
LST Division Forty-Four and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Western New Guinea operation
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
|Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
Visayan Island landing, 18 March 1945
Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 6 to 17 January 1945
Following World War II USS LST-613 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 September 1945 to 6 January 1946
Decommissioned, 6 January 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q038
Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952, and placed in service as USNS T-LST-613
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 30 June 1975
Transferred (sold) to Singapore, 1 June 1976, named RSN Persistence (L-205)
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-613 earned five 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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USS LST-697, beached on D+2, 22 October 1944, while unloading at Tacloban, San Pedro Bay, Leyte, P.I.
Photo was taken from the deck of USS LST-666
|Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
||USS LST-911 (far left) beached along with USS LST-562, and USS LST-613 and an unidentified LST, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-613 with several other LSTs, landing supplies at Tarakan, Borneo, May 1945.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84863. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USNS T-LST-613 beached at the Da Nang Bridge Ramp, circa February 1969. Note the wreckage of
in the background. Both landing vessels were sunk by a North Vietnamese rocket attack at the Da Nang Bridge Ramp, in 1969. YFU-78 suffered seven
crewmen KIA and three wounded. LCU-1500 suffered one KIA and four wounded.
||Photo by Bill Farress
USS LST-613 / USNS T-LST-613
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)