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USNS T-LST-649
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USS LST-649 (1944 - 1952)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - India - Lima
NFIL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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



USNS T-LST-649 was transferred to Singapore and renamed RSS Resolution (L-204)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 July 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 6 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-649, 26 October 1944, LT. T. P. Mulligan, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-649 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation;
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-649 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 4 October 1945
    18 October 1945 to 5 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 5 March 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q058
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952 and placed in service as USNS T-LST-649
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to Singapore in 1976, named RSS Resolution (L-204)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-649 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-649 350k LST-649 launching, 19 July 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL. Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    LST-649 217k
    LST-649 147k
    LST-649 238k Ships' sponsor Miss Dorothy E. Otten and, the prospective commanding officer, LT. T. P. Mulligan, USNR, his wife and two of the ships' officers prior to the launching of LST-649, 19 July 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL. Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    LST-649 272k The ships' sponsor, Miss Dorothy E. Otten, breaks the traditional bottle of Champagne across the bow of LST-649, 19 July 1944, as the ship is launched at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL. Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    LST-649 117k USS LST-649 moored alongside the Repair Ship USS Briareus (AR-14) probably at Ulithi circa 9 June 1945. In the second photo LTjg. Mair notes ". . . except for four watch standers. Taken just aft of the forward cargo hatch on the main deck. Age range from 18 to 38" Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    LST-649 178k
    LST-649 62k Gunnery Division and Gunnery Officer ENS. Hammergren on the bow ramp, probably taken at Ulithi in June 1945. Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    LST-649 66k USS LST-649 during the invasion of Kerama-Retto west of Okinawa. AMTRACS scurry around unloading troops and equipment and LCT 1409 has yet to be unloaded from the LSTs main deck and put into operation. This was USS LST-649's first day participating in the Invasion of Okinawa, 26 March 1945.
    "In the background is part of Hokaji Shima in Kerama Retto. We have just unloaded 18 LVT's (Landing Vehicle Tracked). Two LVT's are shown. Note the LCT 1409 on our main deck which we didn't launch 'till the next day. This is the initial assault. L-6 day at the initial assault of the Ryukus. . . . The LCT was launched on L-4 day. The LCT sunk in the Okinawa Typhoon." LTjg. Alexander C. Mair.
    John Carmony for his father LTjg. Lloyd L. Carmony USNR USS LST-649
    Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    LST-606 299k USS LST-649 and USS LST-606 moored at a U-shaped pontoon dock built by Naval Construction Battalion Seven at Okinawa, circa May 1945. LCDR Bob Johnson USN (Retired)
    LST-649 62k USS LST-649 officers, Left to right, Alexander Mair, Hollasy, Hammergren, LT. Mulligan (Commanding Officer), Sublette, Clark, Klicker, and Lloyd Carmony, kneeling, 1945. John Carmony for his father LTjg. Lloyd L. Carmony USNR USS LST-649
    LST-649 89k USS LST-649 crew, summer 1945, in the Philippines, (LTjg. Lloyd Carmony. front left). John Carmony for his father LTjg. Lloyd L. Carmony USNR USS LST-649
    LST-649 62k Looking from the main deck of USS LST-649 down the vehicle ramp and out the bow doors onto White Beach, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, date unknown. Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    LST-649 61k USS LST-649 in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands loaded with more than 70 vehicles for the occupation of the Wakayama, Japan area, date unknown. Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    LST-649 93k USS LST-649 deck load looking forward arriving in Japan, date unknown.
    "Taken from the conn, this shows how our main deck was loaded as we arrived in Japan. Japan's coast can be seen on the horizon at the left. The tall stacks you see among the trucks are some of the 12 tank deck blowers, each capable of exhausting 35,000 cubic feet of air every minute." LTjg. Alexander C. Mair.
    John Carmony for his father LTjg. Lloyd L. Carmony USNR USS LST-649
    Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    LST-649 46k Aboard USS LST-649 LTjg Lloyd Carmony and friend sitting on the main deck looking aft, date and location unknown. John Carmony for his father LTjg. Lloyd L. Carmony USNR USS LST-649
    LST-649 57k USS LST-649 underway, date and location unknown. Photo by CAPT. Brody USA. John Carmony for his father LTjg. Lloyd L. Carmony USNR USS LST-649
    LST-649 57k USS LST-649 underway, date and location unknown. Photo by CAPT. Brody USA. John Carmony for his father LTjg. Lloyd L. Carmony USNR USS LST-649
    LST-649 46k USS LST-649 at anchor, date and location unknown. USS LST-649 is worn out from continuous operations during World War II. John Carmony for his father LTjg. Lloyd L. Carmony USNR USS LST-649
    LST-649 95k LTjg Alexander Mair on the main deck holding the ship's mascot "Oki". LTjg Mair also wrote a description in the form of a letter (never mailed) to his wife describing the ships' participation in the Okinawa campaign Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
    COMNAVFE LST-Q058
    LST-649 232k COMNAVFE LST-Q058, (ex- USS LST-T-649), far left, at anchor in the harbor at Nagasaki Harbor, circa 1946. The liberty ship is in center of the photo is COMNAVFE liberty ship V074, ex-SS Frederick H. Newell. Photo was taken from USS Tyron (APH-1) by a crew member. Brian Miller
    USNS T-LST-649
    LST-649 330k USNS LST-T-649 beached on the ramp north of Chu Lai Vietnam Marine compound, 12 March 1966. Photo taken from USS Floyd County (LST-762). Photo by LTjg Larry Irwin, Deck and Gunnery Officer USS Floyd County

    USS LST-649
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Mulligan, T. P., USNR26 October 1944 - October 1945
    02ENS. Carmony Lloyd L., USNROctober 1945 - 5 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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