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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:
|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 landings, 13 to 28 October and 10 to 29 November 1944
|Hollandia operation, 21 to 26 April 1944
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
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-465 beached at Leyte while off-loading equipment, 1944
||USS LST-465 moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port web site
||USS LST-465 moored in a nest of LSTs, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port web site
||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
||USS LST-465 crew photo, date and location unknown.
||Jeffrey Turner for his father Raymond Lewis Turner USS LST-465
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Smith, Louis A., USNR||27 February 1943 - 26 August 1943|
|02||LCDR. Stiling, Matthew F., USNR||26 August 1943 - 7 February 1944|
|03||LT. Murphy, Robert T., USNR||7 February 1944 - 1 August 1944|
|04||LTjg. Whitlock, Ross J., USNR||1 August 1944 - 25 April 1945|
|05||LTjg. Hickey, Robert B., USNR||25 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 10 October 2014
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