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Lost to enemy action 6 April 1945
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Charlie - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 7 April 1945) - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 10 July 1942, at Kaiser, Inc. Vancouver, WA.
Launched, 22 September 1942
Commissioned USS LST-447, 13 December 1942, LT. Frank H. Stormes, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-447 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. G.B. Carter, USN;
LST Group Fifteen, CDR. V. K. Busck, USN and participated in the following campaigns;
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
Consolidation of the southern Solomons, June 1943
|Hollandia operation 21 to 28 April 1944
Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 11 November and 3 to 4 and 15 December 1943
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 5 August 1944
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Green Islands landings, 15 to 19 February 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 8 May 1945
Final Disposition, sunk off Okinawa, 7 April 1945, following kamikaze attack of 6 April 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 2 June 1945
USS LST-447 earned six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||USS LST-447 is pierside in board of USS LST-446 which is in the process of launching LCT-182 at Mare Island, 12 January 1943.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 368-43.
||USS LST-447 unloading supplies at Bougainville, date unknown.
USMC photo # 18, undated
||USS LST-447 participated in "Operation Chronicle" the Woodlark Island landing in June, 1943. It transported Argus Unit 1, (Fighter Director Radar Unit) of which Todd Cabral's father was a member, from Townsville Australia to Woodlark. Photo date and place unknown.
||USS LST-447 being hit by a Japanese kamikaze pilot, 6 or 7 April 1945, off the Okinawa beachhead, Fortunately, LST-447 was empty after discharging her cargo on the beach, on D-day, 1 April 1945.
||Richard L. Hamel MoMM/2c) USS LST-447 plank owner.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Stormes, Frank H., USNR||13 December 1942 - 31 October 1943|
|02||LT. Jungerheld, Edward L., USNR||31 October 1943 - 29 January 1944|
|03||LT. Pekelder, Theodore, USNR||29 January 1944 - 28 July 1944|
|04||LT. Schmitz, Paul J.,USNR||28 July 1944 - 7 April 1945|
|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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 4 October 2014
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