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USS LST-623 (1944 - 1952)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

USS LST-623 was transferred to Singapore and named RSN Perseverance (L 206)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 March 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca IL.
  • Launched, 12 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-623, 29 June 1944, LT. James D. MacLean Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-623 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, 16 to 30 October and 9 to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines;
    Palawan Island landings, 1 to 2 March 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-623 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    28 September to 5 November 1945 
    14 November 1945 to 27 February 194614 November 1945 to 27 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 27 February 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q075
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952, and placed in service as USNS T-LST-623
  • Placed out of service in 1971 and transferred to Singapore, named RSN Perseverance (L 206)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 June 1975
  • USS LST-623 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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-623
    LST-9623 401k USS LST-623 Plan of the Day, 19 October 1944 Kathleen Golden for her father James H. Murphy USS LST-623
    LST-925/623/1028 69k USS LST-623 beached in the background on Orange Beach during the Lingayen Gulf landings on 16 January 1945. In the foreground USS LST-925 has broached at a right angle to USS LST-1028. Both ships had been seriously damaged by Japanese Torpedo Boats using depth charges. USS LST-687 is unloading an amphibious DUKW at far right. Photo by Bernard DeNoma LCT-725 radioman and machine gunner
    LST-623/751 57k USS LST-623 beached while unloading in Philippines, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-623 38k USS LST-623 and USS LST-751 in dry dock, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-623 485k Certificate issued aboard USS LST-623 to James H. Murphy having crossed the line on 29 August 1944. Kathleen Golden for her father James H. Murphy USS LST-623
    USNS T-LST-623
    LST-623 72k USNS T-LST-623 and USNS T-LST-520 moored at a ramp in Japan during the Korean War. Tommy Trampp
    LST-623 74k

    USS LST-623 / USNS T-LST-623
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. MacLean Jr., James Dickson, USNR29 June 1944 - 27 May 1945
    03LT. Meyers, Charles Anthony, USNR27 May 1945 - 21 December 1945
    04LTjg. Thompson, Henry L., USNR21 December 1945 - 27 February 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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