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USS LST(H)-464
USS LST-464 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Quebec - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 October 1942 at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 12 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST 464, 25 February 1943, LT. Augustin K. Ridgway, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-464 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Supporting and consolidations
    designated by Commander 7th Fleet
    , 17 May to 18 October 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 29 November 1944

  • USS LST-464 was redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) USS LST(H)-464, 15 September 1945
    (Conversion to a "first aid ship" had previously been completed at Sydney in 1943; Modifications included
    the installation of a water tight door in the tank deck bulkhead to afford access to the forward troop compartment
    from either port or starboard. Spaces were converted into a receiving room, sterilizer room and operating room.
    Wounded were brought in over the ramp onto the tank deck and passed into a receiving room through the hatch.
    On the tank deck were installed 78 hospital beds, refrigerators, lockers, toilets, and wash basins. The
    ships' medical staff consisted of six doctors, one dentist, and a number of corpsmen.)
  • Decommissioned, 16 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • USS LST-464 received the Navy Unit Commendation and earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 March 1948 to the Port Houston Iron Works, Inc., Houston, TX for non-self-propelled operations
    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-464 55k USS LST(H)-464 and Squadron staff officers, circa March 1944 - March 1945. Mary Sanderson
    LST-463 87k USS LST(H)-464 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa late 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 79010. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    Benson J Barr for his father who was a
    Dental Surgeon aboard "first aid ship" LST(H)-464

    USS LST-464
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ridgway, Augustin K., USNR25 February 1943 - 31 March 1944
    02LT. Martin, Roy Y., USNR31 March 1944 - 3 March 1945
    03LT. Woods, Donald P., USNR3 March 1945 - 6 October 1945
    04LT. Sprowl, John Arnold, USN6 October3 1945 - March 1946
    05LTjg. Black, J. B., USNRMarch 1946 - 16 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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