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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 (6) - 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, 17 December 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 9 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-465, 27 February 1943, LT. Louis A. Smith, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-465 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, 26 to 28 December 1943,
    30 December 1943 to 3 January 1944, 9 to 11, 22 to 25 January,
    30 January to 2 February, 13 to 16, February 1944
    Admiralty Islands landings, 11 to 15 March 1944
    Western New Guinea operation
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 to 19, 21 to 23 May 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Saidor occupation, 4 to 7, 17 to 19, 21 to 23, 25 to 28 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 28 October and 10 to 29 November 1944
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 26 April 1944 Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 8 to 16 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-465 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 13 October to 25 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 8 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 September 1947, to Patapsco Scrap Corp., Baltimore, MD.
  • USS LST-465 earned six battle stars for World War II service
    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-465 70k USS LST-465 beached at Leyte while off-loading equipment, 1944 Russ Padden
    LST-465 55k USS LST-465 moored pierside, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-465 48k USS LST-465 moored in a nest of LSTs, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-465 60k USS LST-465 beached at Palmalmal Plantation, Jacquinot Bay, New Britain, while off-loading stores for the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 9 July 1945. Australian War Memorial
    LST-465 47k
    LST-465 89 k USS LST-465 crew photo, date and location unknown. Jeffrey Turner for his father Raymond Lewis Turner USS LST-465

    USS LST-465
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Smith, Louis A., USNR27 February 1943 - 26 August 1943
    02LCDR. Stiling, Matthew F., USNR26 August 1943 - 7 February 1944
    03LT. Murphy, Robert T., USNR7 February 1944 - 1 August 1944
    04LTjg. Whitlock, Ross J., USNR1 August 1944 - 25 April 1945
    05LTjg. Hickey, Robert B., USNR25 April 1945 - 8 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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