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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 (8)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 October 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 30 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-470, 9 March 1943, LT. Richard McMahan USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-470 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 5 and 9 to 11 September 1943
    Saidor occupation, 6 to 9, 19 to 19 to 22 and 28 to 39 January 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
    Admiralty Islands landings, 14 to 18 March 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 15 January 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 26 April 1944 Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Palawan Island landings, 28 February to 1 March 1945
    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
    Cape Sansapor operation, 31 July, 6. 8 to 14 August 1944
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 7 July 1945

  • Decommissioned, 4 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LST-470 earned the Navy Unit Commendation and eight battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 November 1947, to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., Seattle, WA.
    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-220 125k From far to near; USS LST-470, USS LST-220 and LCT-166 beached at Tanamerah Bay, New Guinea, 22 April 1944.
    US National Archives Record Group 111, Photo #SC 259967. a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    John Chiquoine
    LST-168 522k USS LST-470 at anchor, date and location unknown. Tom Kaluzny for his father Raymond F. Kaluzny MoMM1/c USS LST-470
    LST-168 734k USS LST-470 partial crew photo, date and location unknown. Tom Kaluzny for his father Raymond F. Kaluzny MoMM1/c USS LST-470
    543k A Coast Guard beach party seeks shelter from Japanese fire as USS LST-470 and other LSTs unload tanks and supplies for the advance on Manila, 9 January 1945, when the U.S. task force secured the beachhead on Luzon.
    US National Archives Identifier 205585594,, Local Identifier 26-G-3840, US Coast Guard Photo # 26-G-3840.
    David Upton
    LST-168 59k USS LST-470 and USS LST-168 beached, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    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-470
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McMahan, Richard F., USNR9 March 1943 - 16 June 1943
    02LT. Ceek, Robert B., USNR16 June 1943 - 16 December 1943
    03LT. Guthridge, Donald John, USNR16 December 1943 - 26 September 1944
    04LT. Loring, Michael, USNR26 September 1944 - 19 July 1945
    05LT. McCarty, Richard E., USNR19 July 1945 - 26 November 1945
    06LTjg. Gould Jr., Harry J., USNR26 November 1945 - 4 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
    History of LST Flotilla Seven
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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