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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal -Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (9)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 October 1942, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 983) at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 9 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST 463, 23 February 1943, LT. A. W. McWhorter, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-463 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 28 to 31 December 1943, 3 to 7, 11 to 14, 23 to 25 January, 7 to 10, 18 to 21 February, 25 February to 1 March 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 15 January 1945
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Saidor occupation, 15 to 17 and 19 to 22, 28 to 30 January, 12 to 14 February 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 12 to 30 June 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944 Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Biak Island operation, 27 to 29 May, 31 May to 4 June, 12 to 16, 18 to 20 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 3 to 10, 12 to 17 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 4, 6 to 12, 14 to 20, 22 to 28 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Consolidation of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945,
    Leyte operations
    Leyte landings, 13 to 28 October, 5 to 18 November 1944

  • Decommissioned, 6 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • USS LST-463 earned nine battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 3 November 1947 to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., Seattle, WA. for commercial service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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-18 242k Battle of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, December 1943-January 1944. USS LST-18 and USS LST-463, beached on a Cape Glousester beach.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-57464, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-463 67k USS LST-463 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LSM-63 90k USS LST 463 and USS LSM-63 at Lingayen Gulf, P.I. along and numerous other ships on D-Day, 9 January 1945. In the foreground is a downed Japanese aircraft brought down by anti-aircraft fire from the invasion fleet.
    US photo # NH 91270 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LST-463 15k USS LST-463 beached after being hit by a Japanese Kamikaze attack, circa late 1944 early-1945. LST Home Port web site
    LST-463 27k USS LST-463 heavily damaged by Kamikaze attack in late 1944 or early 1945 LST Home Port web site

    USS LST-463
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McWhorter, A. W., USNR23 February 1943 - May 1944
    02LTjg. Grounds, Arthur E., USNRMay 1944 - September 1945
    03LT. Heeth, Nathaniel S., USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    04LT. Caldwell, H. J., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    05LTjg. Millett, Robert M., USNRMarch 1946 - 6 June 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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