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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 October 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 18 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST 466, 1 March 1943, LT. Harry, M. Graham, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-466 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Seven, CAPT. R. M. Scruggs, USN;
    LST Group Nineteen, CDR. James E. Van Zandt, USNR and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Lae occupation, 4 to 10 September 1943
    Saidor occupation, 2 to 3 and 7 to 9 January 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 28 October 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 30 December 1943 and 9 to 11, 15 to 19 and 21 to 25 February 1944
    Admiralty Islands landings, 29 February to 4 March 1944 and 7 to 11 March 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 15 January 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April, 27 April to 2 May and 9 to 14 May 1944 Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945
    Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 7 July 1945
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 to 18, and 21 to 23 May 1944
    Biak Island operation, 27 to 29 May, 31 May to 4 June, 12 to 16 and 16 to 29 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 2 to 4 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 2 to 4 and 30 July, and 2 to 10 August 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-466 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    16 to 17 October 194518 November to 1 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 8 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • USS LST-466 earned seven battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 4 June 1948 to Hughes Bros., Inc., New York, N.Y. and subsequently scrapped
    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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    LCI(L)-339 121k Australian troops disembark from USS LST-458, USS LCI(L)-339 and in the far distance USS LST-466 an other LSTs at Lae New Guinea, circa 1 to 4 September 1943.USS LCI(L)-339 was lost due to enemy air attack on 4 September while at Lae.
    US National Archives photo #54378.
    Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LST-466 125k Cape Gloucester Invasion, December 1943. Loading LSTs at Oro Bay, New Guinea, on December 24, 1943, in preparation for the Cape Gloucester landings two days later. Photographed by Brenner. LSTs present include (from left to right):
    USS LST-202,
    USS LST-466,
    USS LST-468,
    USS LST-475,
    USS LST-474, and
    USS LST-18. Note Marines marching by Jeep in foreground.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # USMC 69080.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-466 965k LSTs, including USS LST-466 and USS LST-202, lined up on the beach at Cape Sudest, New Guinea, awaiting loading for the Admiralty Islands action, 12 March 1944.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 271517, Box 504, a US Army Signal Corps photo, by T/4 Henry C. Manger, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-466 56k USS LST-466 heads towards the beach at Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea, May 1944, B.W. Long, Coxswain, USCG directs incoming LSTs to their beaching positions with semaphore signals. Contributed by Wes Stone, Lusby, MD. in memory of the men who trained at the USNATB Solomons, MD.
    LST-466 121k USS LST-466 landing troops at Toem, Dutch New Guinea, circa May 1944.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84853. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-466 1334k USS LST-456 (closest) and USS LST-466 load Amphibious tanks of the 6th Div. Recon. Troops at Mafflin Bay, New Guinea, 26 July 1944, in preparation for the invasion of Cape Sansapor during the Western New Guinea operation.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 267881 by PVT Martin, originally Southwest Pacific Area Signal Corps photo # SWPA-SIGC-44-2142
    Dave Kerr
    LST-466 142k USS LST-466 underway and alongside USS Harrison (DD-573), returning from the Leyte invasion bound for Humboldt Bay, Dutch New Guinea, between 21 and 27 October 1944. Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
    LST-471 887k Christmas 1945 and New Years 1946 greetings from Commander LST Group Nineteen, CDR James E. Van Zandt USNR to the ships of the Group: USS LST-466
    USS LST-245
    USS LST-467
    USS LST-171
    USS LST-181
    USS LST-469
    USS LST-470
    USS LST-471
    USS LST-468
    USS LST-473
    USS LST-475 and
    USS LST-474
    Bill James for his father William James USS LST-471
    LST-466 52k Commanding Officer LT. Joseph P Witherspoon (circled) and the crew of USS LST-466, date and location unknown. LST Homeport web site

    USS LST-466
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Graham, Harry M. USNR1 March 1943 - 13 February 1944
    02LT. Thygeson, Walter E., USNR (temporary)13 February 1944 - 24 March 1944
    03LT. McCarthy, Richard E., USNR24 March 1944 - January 1945
    04LT. Witherspoon, Joseph P., USNRJanuary 1945 - September 1945
    05LT. Strode, Forrest Murl, USNSeptember 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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