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USNS LST T-456
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USS LST-456 (1943 - 1946)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Juliet - Papa
NFJP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Dec 1943) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards

Six Silver Star's for bravery at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Dec 1943

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 10 July 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 20 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-456, 3 February 1943, LT. Asa L. Perdue, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-456 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Lae occupation, 4 to 8 and 14 to 17 September 1943
    Saidor occupation, 2 to 3, 6 to 9 January and 12 to 14 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 28 October 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 28 December 1943, 17 to 23 February and 25 February to 1 March 1944
    Admiralty Islands landings, 4 to 8 and 11 to 15 March 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Hollandia operation,
    Altape Humboldt Bay-Tanahmerah Bay, 21 to 25 April 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 to 18 and 23 to 25 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 27 to 29 May and 31 May to 4 June 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 4 August, and 8 to 14 August 1944
    Morotai landing, 15 September 1944
    Borneo operations
    Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 7 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-456 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 14 January to 5 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 5 February 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q043
  • Transferred, 31 March 1952 to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS T-LST-456
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1973
  • USS LST-456 earned eight battle stars for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
  • Sold, 27 September 1973, to the Maritime Co., Ltd., Khorramshahr, Iran, named MV Karkas reflagged Iran, International Radio Call Sign (EPAM)
  • Sold, 1 February 1993, to Al Jazya Mar. y Sh. Ag. (United Arab Emirates) Renamed MV Bshair, reflagged Bolivian, International Radio Call Sign (CPB020)
  • Deleted from Bolivian ship register, date unknown, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-456 29k USS LST-456 beached with bow doors open, South Pacific, circa 1942-1945 Paul Harmon in honor of his Father-In-Law, LTjg. Arra Kechijian, Executive Officer and Supply Officer USS LST-456
    LST-456 39k Troops and equipment the main deck of USS LST-456 prior to landing in the South Pacific, circa 1942-1945 Paul Harmon in honor of his Father-In-Law, LTjg. Arra Kechijian, Executive Officer and Supply Officer USS LST-456
    LST-456 34k USS LST-456 beached with bow doors open, South Pacific, circa 1942-1945 Paul Harmon in honor of his Father-In-Law, LTjg. Arra Kechijian, Executive Officer and Supply Officer USS LST-456
    LST-456 31k USS LST-456 South Pacific, circa 1942-1945 Paul Harmon in honor of his Father-In-Law, LTjg. Arra Kechijian, Executive Officer and Supply Officer USS LST-456
    LST-456 35k Church services aboard USS LST-456 being conducted by missionaries sent to New Guinea. Note the priest under the tarp. South Pacific, circa 1943-1944 Paul Harmon in honor of his Father-In-Law, LTjg. Arra Kechijian, Executive Officer and Supply Officer USS LST-456
    LST-456 65k USS LST-456 in convoy with Army troops and equipment on her main deck. Note the pontoon causeways secured to both sides of ship. South Pacific, circa 1942-1945 Paul Harmon in honor of his Father-In-Law, LTjg. Arra Kechijian, Executive Officer and Supply Officer USS LST-456
    LST-456 35k As a results of a Japanese air attack, three bombs hit USS LST-456, all duds, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, December 1943. Paul Harmon in honor of his Father-In-Law, LTjg. Arra Kechijian, Executive Officer and Supply Officer USS LST-456
    LST-456 44k USS LST-456 crew members awarded the Silver Star for disposing of unexploded Japanese bombs dropped on the ship at Cape Gloucester. Paul Harmon in honor of his Father-In-Law, LTjg. Arra Kechijian, Executive Officer and Supply Officer USS LST-456
    LST-221 2248k 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.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-122 142k Left to Right; USS LST-122, USS LST-38, USS LST-221 and USS LST-456 beached at Finschhaven New Guinea, April 1944.
    US National Archives Record Group 111, Photo # SC 259917, a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    John Chiquoine
    LST-466 1334k USS LST-456 (closest to camera) and USS LST-466 load Amphibious tanks of the 6th Div. Recon. Troops at Mafflin Bay, New Guinea, 26 July 1944, in preparation for the invasion of Cape Sansapor during the Western New Guinea operation.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 267881 by PVT Martin, originally Southwest Pacific Area Signal Corps photo # SWPA-SIGC-44-2142
    Dave Kerr
    LST-456 117k USS LST-456 discharging US Army Engineers wading ashore at Toem, on the Coast of Dutch New Guinea, May 1944. Submitted by Adrain K 'for educational purposes'
    Source-"Pictorial History of Australia at War 39-45",
    5 Volumes. 1959
    LST-456 74k USS LST-456 beached, date and location unknown. Gerd Matthes
    LST-456 40k US Army troops unloading USS LST-456 at Morotai, 22 September 1944.
    Photo courtesy of Jack Bland. The photo has a copyright status of 'clear' on the Australian War Memorial collections database.
    Robert Hurst
    YOG-41 101k USS LST-456 alongside YOG-41, probably at Tulagi, or the Philippines in 1945. Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-456
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Perdue, Asa L., USNR3 February 1943 - 26 June 1943
    02LT. Meddaugh, John S.26 June 1943 - 28. August 1943
    03LTjg. Prue, Gerald W., USN28 August 1943 - 29 September 1944
    04LT. Libby, Gilbert B., USNR 29 September 1944 - 14 December 1944
    05LT. Horsley, T. Braxton, USNR14 December 1944 - 23 February 1945
    06LTjg. Lamberti, Ernest J., USNR23 February 1945 - 20 November 1945
    07LT. Harvey, Harold G., USNR20 November 1945 - 5 February 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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