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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 - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - 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
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
Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, November and December 1943
Capture and occupation of Guam, July and August 1944
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Green Islands landings, February 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 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
Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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)
Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
7 officers, 104 enlisted
16 officers, 147 enlisted
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
Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
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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.
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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 25 July 2008
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