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USS LST-476


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Kilo - Xray
NGKX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 August 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-476, 4 April 1943, LT. William J. Steffens, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-476 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. J. R. Clark;
    LST Group Fourteen, LCDR. K. L. Deforest USNR;
    LST Division Twenty-Seven and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operations, 21 November 8 December 1943 Marianas operations
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 15 August 1944
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 2 to 8 February 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
    Cape Sansapor operation, 4 to 10 August 1944
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 26 April 1944  

  • Following World War II USS LST-476 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    21 October to 6 November 1945
    5 January to 12 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 12 February 1946 and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q053
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 20 April 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 June 1948, to Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, WA.
  • USS LST-476 earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-476 211k USS LST-476 and USS LST-479 land vehicles and supplies amid the Roi Island Beach clutter and wreckage during the Kwajalein Operation, circa 2 to 8 February 1944. The LCVP in right foreground is from USS WARREN (APA-53).
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-54417 now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    USNH&HC
    LST-476 75k USS LST-476, USS LST-227 and USS LST-879 beached, date and location unknown. Theron Dosch for Loran W. (Slim) Roberts USS LST-476
    LST-476 87k USS LST-476 beached, date and location unknown. Theron Dosch for Loran W. (Slim) Roberts USS LST-476
    LST-476 228k USS LST-476 in a floating drydock, circa 1945, location unknown. Note the movie screen on the starboard side of the main deck.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-345754 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Tracy White

    USS LST-476
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Steffens, William J., USNR4 April 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Boyer, Carl A., USNR1944 - 1945
    03LT. McNItt, W. C., USNR1945 - 1 August 1945
    04LT. Poukkula, Joseph Emil, USN1 August 1945 - 12 February 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
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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