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Lost to enemy action, 21 December 1944|
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Delta - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbons (retroactive, 11 August - 24 September 1943 and 21 December 1944) (2)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 31 October 1942, at Kaiser Inc., Vancouver, WA.
Launched 7 December 1942
Commissioned USS LST-472, 13 March 1943, LT. William O. Talley Sr., USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-472 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|New Georgia operation
New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, 4 July 1943
|Hollandia operation, 21 to 28 April 1944
Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 10 to 13 November and 3 to 4 December 1943
|Western New Guinea operations
Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operations, 26 to 28 May 1944
Biak Island operation, 6 to 10 and 12 to 16 June 1944
Noemfoor Island operation, 2 to 4 and 6 to 11 July 1944
Cape Sansapor operation, 4 to 10 and 12 to 18 August 1944
Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Green Island landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
Final disposition, sunk during action with the enemy off Mindoro Island, Philippines, 21 December 1944 (Probably hit by Kamikaze on the 15th of December and did not sink until 21 December 1944)
Struck from the Naval Register 19 January 1945
USS LST-472 earned six battle stars 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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||Crew and paratroops assemble on the bow awaiting orders to abandon ship, after USS LST-472 was hit by a Kamikaze attack at Mindoro Island, on D-Day, 21 December 1944. Photo taken from USS PCER-851.
Photo from "LST Scuttlebutt", March/April 1997, p.46.
||USS LST-472 after Kamikaze attack at Mindoro Island, 19 December 1944.
NARA photo # 80-G-294601 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||Navy ships fighting fires on USS LST-472, after she was hit by a Kamikaze off the Mindoro landing beaches, 15 December 1944. Photographed from on board USS PCE-851. The bow of USS O'Brien (DD-725) is at right, with fire fighting parties spraying water on the burning ship. USS Hopewell (DD-681) is seen nearly bow-on in the center background, largely shrouded by smoke. O'Brien is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 9D.
US Navy photo # NH 103030 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command, collection of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, USN.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Talley Sr., William Odell, USN||13 March 1943 - 21 December 1944|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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