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USS LST(H)-247
USS LST-247 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - November - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 May 1943 at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 30 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-247, 26 August 1943, LT. Elliot V. Converse, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-247 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. G.B. Carter, USN;
    LST Group Fifteen, CDR. V. K. Busck, USN;
    LST Division Seventy-Nine and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 28 July 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-247, 15 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 2 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • USS LST-247 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 14 October 1947, to William E. Skinner for scrapping
    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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    148k USS LST-247 is beached to the left of USS LST-220 while a DUKW is driven down the ramp of USS LST-220 during re-supply operations on the Guam beachhead, July-August 1944.
    US National Archives photo # USMC 87833
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-247 94k USS LST-247 at Guadalcanal, flying barrage balloons. Richard Fox for his father Ronald Fox LST-247 crew member
    LST-247 38k USS LST-247 at Guadalcanal, date unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site
    148k USS LST-247 beached to the left of USS LST-220 while a DUKW is driven down the ramp of USS LST-220 during re-supply operations on the Guam beachhead, July-August 1944.
    US National Archives National Archives ID #74250807
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    239k USS LST-241 with LCT(6)-1364 loaded on her main deck, USS LST-481 and USS LST-247 beached, 7 February 1945, in Apra Harbor Guam.
    US National Archives Identifier 295395832, COMSERRON 12 War Diary, 2/1-28/45 page 18.
    David Upton
    488k USS LST-247 beached at Iwo Jima on D-day +1, 20 February 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 74250807, a USMC photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    David Upton

    USS LST-247
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Converse, Elliot VanVeltner, USNR26 August 1943 - 21 September 1944
    02LT. Hargan, Charles H., USNR 21 September 1944 - 28November 1944
    03LT. Thacher Jr., Lother Russell, USNR 28 November 1944 - 24 May 1945
    04LT. Snead, Rayner V., USNR24 May 1945 - 1 July 1945
    05LTjg. Kidder, Henry B., USNR (acting CO)1 July 1945 - 31 July 1945
    06LT. Pearson, Ralph V., USNR31 July 1945 - 3 September 1945
    07LTjg, Kidder, Henry B., USNR3 September 1945 - 18 January 1946
    08LT. Wurm, Eugene L., USNR18 January 1946 - 14 March 1946
    09LTjg. Caliga, Charles F., USNR14 March 1946 - 2 July 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
    History of LST Flotilla Seven
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary May 1944
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary July 1944
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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