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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 (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 October 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 3 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-471, 11 March 1943, LT. Samuel C. Otto, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-471 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 September 1943
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 11 March 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 16 to 29 October and 10 to 29 November 1944
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 10 July 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 18 January 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • USS LST-471 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold for scrapping, 21 January 1948, to Hughes Brothers, Inc., New York, N.Y.
  • Final Disposition, lost during a storm while under tow to the scrappers yard off the coast of North Carolina's outer banks, laying in 15 feet of water about 250 yards off the beach in Rodanthe
    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-471 87k USS LST-471 drydocked in December 1943 in a Fitzroy graving dock at the Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Cockatoo Island Dock Yard to repair damage sustained by Japanese aerial attack off Cape Ward Hunt, New Guinea on 4 September 1943.
    Australian War Memorial photo #'s 306418.
    Mike Green
    LST-471 464k USS LST-471 at anchor in the South Pacific in 1944. Bill James for his father William James USS LST-471
    LST-471 89k USS LST-471 beached at Morotai, Western New Guinea while disembarking Australian troops of the 2/10 Transport Platoon and 2/6 General Transport Company.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 305768.
    Australian War Memorial Naval Historical Collection.
    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-471 408k USS LST-471 crew photo taken in 1946 when the ship returned to the States.
    William James, second row number one.
    Bill James for his father William James USS LST-471
    LST-471 61k The wreck of the ex-USS LST-471 grounded at Rodanthe, North Carolina, Outer Banks. After being sold for scrapping, ex-USS LST-471 and ex-USS LST-292 were being towed together off the East Coast when their tow line parted during a storm. Both LSTs beached near Rodanthe and were deemed unsalvageable. Photos were taken by Emmett L. Baxter sometime between 1951 and 1953. William L. Baxter
    LST-471 78k
    LST-471 57k The hulk of ex-USS LST-471 sunk off the beach at Rodanthe, North Carolina. Ex-USS LST-471 was lost during a storm while under tow enroute to her scrappers yard. She now is laying in 15 feet of water about 250 yards off the beach, much further out then this earlier photo shows. Marc Corbett

    USS LST-471
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Otto, Samuel, C. USNR11 March 1943 - 20 August 1943
    02LT. Cory, George L. USNR20 August 1943 - October 1944
    03LT. Haman, John Kisterbock USNROctober 1944 - 15 August 1945
    04LT. Field, Donald Allyn USNR15 August 1945 - October 1945
    05LT. Bently, Julius Marvin USNROctober 1945 - 1946
    06LTjg. Lloyd, Harold W. USNR1946 - 26 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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