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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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 March 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 22 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-619, 5 June 1944, LT. James M. Brennan, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-619 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines;
    Palawan Island landings, 1 to 2 March 1945
    Visayan Island landings, Cebu, 26 March 1945
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-619 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 3 October 1945
    15 October to 2 November 1945
    10 November 1945 to 25 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 25 April 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q031
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1947
  • USS LST-619 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission (MARAD), 27 May 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 May 1948, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
    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-619 114k USS LST-619 beached while unloading troops, date and location unknown. Harry L. Bonds SM3/c USS LST-619
    LST-912 Mahnomen County
    382k USS LST-619 and USS LST-912 beached at Palawan Island, Philippine Islands, March 1945. David A. Mucklow for his father Cecil N. Mucklow MoMM/3c USS LST-666
    LST-573 86k USS LST-619 and USS LST-573 beached at Morotai, Western New Guinea, 30 May 1945, while trucks of the Australian Army's 2/16 Transport Platoon are being guided up LST-573's ramp.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108513.
    Australian War Memorial.
    LST-619 141k USS LST-619 beached, date and location unknown. Terry Mosher for his father Harry Daines Mosher Jr. S1/c USS LST-619

    USS LST-619
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brennan, James M., USNR5 June 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Bruda, Jack Guild, USNRNovember 1945 - 25 April 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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