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USS LST-457


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Juliet - Zulu
NFJZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 3 August 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 23 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-457, 6 February 1943, LT. John R. Riley, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-457 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operations
    Lae occupation, 4 to 5 September 1943
    Saidor occupation, 28 - 30 January and 17 - 19, 21 - 23, 25 - 28 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 5 - 18 November 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operations
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 - 29 December 1943, 30 December 1943 - 2 January 1944, 3 - 9, 15 - 19, 23 - 27 January, 13 - 16 February 1944
    Admiralty Island landings, 25 - 28 February, 11 - 15 March 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines;
    Visayan Island landings, 26 March, 2 - 4, 10 - 11, 20 April 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944 Borneo operations;
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June - 4 July 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 - 18, 23 - 25 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 28 - 31 May, 3 - 7, 13 - 16 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 2 to 4 July 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
     

  • Following World War II USS LST-457 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 September to 22 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 15 March 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q098
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
  • USS LST-457 earned seven battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 20 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 April 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
    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-457 56k USS LST-457 beached, date and location unknown. Betty Toler Rosenblatt for her father, Earl Julian Toler (1922-1999) S1/c USS LST-457
    LST-457 61k USS LST-457 beached, date and location unknown. Betty Toler Rosenblatt for her father, Earl Julian Toler (1922-1999) S1/c USS LST-457
    LST-922 659k USS LST-457 and USS LST-922 along with several other LSTs unloading at a pier that was built in one day by Army Engineers at Cebu City, P.I., 3 April 1945.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 205893, by T5 George Arend, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr

    USS LST-457
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Riley, John R., USNR6 February 1943 - 18 March 1943
    02LT. Jorgenson, Herman, USNR18 March 1943 - 5 December 1943
    03LCDR. Van Zandt, James Edward, USNR :RADM5 December 1943 - 5 February 1944
    04LT. Sullivan, William P., USNR5 February 1944 - 23 September 1944
    05LT. Hacker, William W., USNR23 September 1944 - September 1945
    06LT. Mahar, George T. E., USNRSeptember 1945 - 13 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 Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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