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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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 operation
    Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945
    Luzon operation
    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
    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-613
    LST-741 85k USS LST-741, USS LST-1017, USS LST-170, USS LST-460, USS LST-613, USS LST-1018, USS LST-695, USS LST-628, 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
    LST-911 105k USS LST-911 (far left) beached along with USS LST-562, and USS LST-613 and an unidentified LST, date and location unknown. Karl Petersen
    LST-613 122k 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
    LST-613 282k USNS T-LST-613 beached at the Da Nang Bridge Ramp, circa February 1969. Note the wreckage of LCU-1500 and YFU-78 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Rollick, Henry P., USNR19 May 1944 - June 1945
    02LTjg. Emmons, Douglas B. USNRJune 1945 - August 1945
    03LT. McWorter, Albert W., USNRAugust 1945 - December 1945
    04LTjg. Davis, Tharrell W., USNRDecember 1945 - 6 January 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
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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