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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 20 July 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
Launched, 10 October 1942
Commissioned USS LST-452, 16 January 1943
During World War II USS LST-452 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Eastern New Guinea operation
Lae occupation, September 1943
Finschhafen occupation, September 1943
Saidor occupation, January 1944
Leyte landings, October 1944
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Cape Gloucester, New Britain, December 1943 to February 1944
Admiralty Islands landings, March 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 1945
|Hollandia operation, April through May 1944
Balikpapan operation, June and July 1945
|Western New Guinea operation
Biak Islands operation, May and June 1944
Cape Sansapor operation, July and August 1944
Morotai landing, September 1944
Following World War II USS LST-452 was assigned to China service from 20 March to 21 May 1946
Decommissioned, 12 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
USS LST-452 earned seven 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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||Part of the 9th Australian Division, under the command of Major-General G.F. Wooten landing at Lae, New Guinea, 4 September 1943.
USS LST-452 and other LSTs are unloading troops and equipment.
Australian War Museum, Photo No. 042365
||US Army troops move stores ashore from USS LST-452 while beached during landing operations east of Lae, New Guinea., 9 September 1943.
US National Archives photo # III-SC 186001, Box 199, a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-452 beached, date and place unknown.
||Six LSTs including USS LST-221, USS LST-456 and USS LST-452 loading men and equipment during a practice landing near Lae, New Guinea, 10 April 1944.
US Army Signal Corps photo # SWPA-C-44-12328 by Cpl. Claude Carnay.
||USS LST-452 along with two unidentified LSTs beached during the capture of Wakke, Biak Island Operations, Western New Guinea, 27 May 1944.
Note Japanese bomber shot down within 20 yards of landing area while attempting a suicide dive on LST's. Photo by Jim Fitzpatrick.
|Submitted by Adrain K. 'for educational purposes'
Source-"Pictorial History of Australia at War 39-45",
5 Volumes. 1959
||US Army tanks deploy across an invasion beach as USS LST-171 and USS LST-452 unload their cargos, date and location unknown.
World War II press photo.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS LST-452 Crew Roster
The USS LST Ship Memorial
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 10 March 2017
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