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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Oscar - Zulu
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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Hollandia operation, 15 May 1944
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
Balikpapan operation, 3 to 7 July 1945
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.
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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||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.
||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.
||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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Ragan, Cooper K., USNR||21 February 1943 - 18 June 1944|
|02||LT. Gregory, Walter D., USNR||18 June 1944 - December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Schaefer, Norman Winton, USNR||December 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
Last Updated 17 March 2017
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