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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 (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 October 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 6 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-462, 21 February 1943, LT. Cooper K. Ragan USNR in command.
  • During World War II USS LST-462 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Hollandia operation, 15 May 1944 Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 17 January 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Biak Island operation, 27 to 29 May, 31 May to 4 June, 9 to 13 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 4 to 11 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 4, 6 to 14, 14 to 19 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 3 to 7 July 1945
    Leyte operation Leyte landings, 13 to 28 October 1944  

  • Decommissioned, 21 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS LST-462 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 December 1948, to Hughes Brothers., Inc., New York, N.Y.
    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-462 1209k USS LST-462, USS LST-245, USS LST-458 and an unidentified LST beached at Morotai, 15 September 1944, as Army engineers unload their equipment.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 261042, by T/SGT Henry Palm, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-552 963k USS LST-462 beached in the background as medium tanks splash off USS LST-552 on White Beach, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 21 January 1945.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 200015, from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-552 69k USS LST-462, USS LST-552 and two unidentified LSTs beached on White Beach, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 21 January 1945. John B. C. Golini to honor is father Lt. Benjamin H. Golini USNR (Supply and Gunnery Officer) USS LST-552
    LST-462 189k USS LST-462 probably in the Philippines, date unknown. Mike Sheedy for his father Douglas L. Sheedy S1/c USS LST-462

    USS LST-462
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ragan, Cooper K., USNR21 February 1943 - 18 June 1944
    02LT. Gregory, Walter D., USNR18 June 1944 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Schaefer, Norman Winton, USNRDecember 1945 - 21 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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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