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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;
|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 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
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
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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US Naval History and Heritage Command
Photo # USMC 69080
||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-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
Photo from "A Photographic History of World War 2", Colliers, 1946
||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
||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-475 and
|Bill James for his father William James USS LST-471
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|02||LT. Stevenson, Irwin K. USNR||December 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 28 April 2017
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