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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima) - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 10 July 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 30 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST 449, 31 December 1942, LT. C. S. Livingston, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-449 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. G. B. Carter / CAPT. J. R. Clark;
    LST Group Thirteen, CDR. C. R. Lea USNR;
    LST Group Fifteen, CDR. V. K. Busck USN;
    LST Division Twenty-Five and participated in the

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of Solomons
    Consolidation of southern Solomons, 7 April 1943
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 11 November, 3, 4, and 15 December 1943
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 28 July 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-449 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 2 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 16 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • USS LST-449 earned five battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 27 January 1947 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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    LST-449 85k USS LST-449 loading equipment and supplies from a Guadalcanal beach for her journey north to Bougainville, in November 1943, soon after Marines landed there Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Photographed by Maj. W.A. Halpern, USMC
    254k USS LST-449 underway, date and location unknown.
    David Upton Collection
    David Upton
    667k USS LST-449 at anchor with a floating derrick alongside, date and location unknown.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84850

    USS LST-449
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Livingston, Carlton Stanley, USNR31 December 1942 - June 1943
    02LT. Lisle, L., USNR June 1643 - 26 December 1943
    03LT. Parlier, Roy C., USN26 December 1943 - November 1944
    04LT. Britain, Jack E., USNRNovember 1944 - 1 October 1945
    05LT. Kerr, S. W.1 October 1945 - 16 March 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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