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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 (7)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 October 1942, at Kaiser Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 24 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-468, 5 March 1943,
  • During World War II USS LST-468 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 Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Lae occupation, 4 to 10 September 1943,
    Saidor occupation, 2 to 4, 5 to 7, 6 to 11, January and 12 to 14 February 1944.
    Leyte operation
    Leyte operation Leyte landings, 13 to 27 October and 5 to 18 November 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 29 December 1943 and 23 to 26 February 1944
    Admiralty Island landings, 4 to 8 March 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings 4 to 16 January 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944 Consolidation of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings 17 to 23 April 1945
    Western New Guinea operation
    Biak Island operation, 27 to 29 May and 31 May to 4 June 1944
    Noemfoor Island operation, 12 to 18 July 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 21 July, 6 August, 8 to 14 August and 16 to 22 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944.

  • Decommissioned, 2 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold to Patapsco Scrap Corp., Baltimore, MD., 30 September 1947, and subsequently scrapped.
  • USS LST-468 earned seven battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation 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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    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo # USMC 69080
    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 and Photo from "A Photographic History of World War 2", Colliers, 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Dan Wilmes
    Photo from "A Photographic History of World War 2", Colliers, 1946
    LST-468 132k USS LST-468 being unloaded by hand at Morotai, September-October 1944.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # 84854. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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

    USS LST-468
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    02LT. Stevenson, Irwin K. USNRDecember 1943 - 1 August 1944
    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
    Newsreel - "Allied Forces take Hollandia New Guinea"
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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