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USS LST-616 (1944 - 1952)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-616 was transferred to Indonesia and named KRI Teluk Bajur (LST-502)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 February 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 12 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-616, 29 May 1944, ENS. Julian H. Rutherfoord, Jr. USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-616 was initially assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later was reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as part of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Five CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
    LST Group One Hundred Four CDR. D. Stubbs USN (25);
    LST Division Two Hundred Seven and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 29 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-616 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    23 September to 25 November 1945 
    26 November to 4 December 194526 November to 4 December 1945
    24 December 1945 to 19 January 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 19 January 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q019
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952 and placed in service as USNS T-LST-616
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1961
  • USS LST-616 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to Indonesia, renamed KRI Teluk Bajur (LST-502)
  • Final Disposition, disposed of in an Indonesian Navy SINKEX, 20 April 2012
    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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    LST-572 79k USS LST-572 and USS LST-616 beached on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, circa 10 to 13 September 1944. Richard Howe USS LST-572 and Morris Milstein USS LST-572

    USS LST-616
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Rutherfoord Jr., Julian H., USNR29 May 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg.. Hollander, Richard A., USNRNovember 1945 - 19 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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