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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima, Guam, Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Purple Hearts, (1 KIA, George Davis SC/3, 11 WIA)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 4 September 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 2 December 1942
Commissioned USS LST 481, 15 May 1943, LT. George McGuire USN in command
During World War II USS LST-481 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
At Adak - LST Flotilla Three;
LST Group Seven and
At Guam - LST Flotilla Five;
LST Group Thirteen, CDR. R. W. Cutler, USNR; / CDR. C. R. Lea, USNR
LST Division Twenty-Five and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Gilbert Islands operation 12 November 8 December 1943
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 28 July 1944
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
|Hollandia operation, 21 to 26 April 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 10 April 1945
Following World War II USS LST-481 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|23 to 26 September 1945
|20 October to 15 November 1945
Decommissioned, 28 February 1946, at Stockton, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS LST-481 earned six battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 April 1948 to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
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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||USS LST-481 unloading on the beach at Kiska, Alaska, 23 August 1943.
US National Archives photo # III-SC 182866, Box 187, a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-481 moored pierside at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 20 May 1943.
US Navy photo # NH 99567-A from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS LST-481 moored aft of USS LST-485 at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 20 May 1943. In the foreground is USS Hovey (DMS-11). White outlines mark recent alterations to Hovey, among them, 20mm guns and minesweeping gear.
US Navy photo # NH 99567 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
||USS LST-481 in the South Pacific with LCT-1350 secured to her main deck.
||LST Home Port Web Site
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. McGuire, George, USN||15 May 1943 - August 1944|
|02||LT. Bundy, William H., USN||August 1944 - January 1945|
|03||LTjg. Boyer, William L., USNR||January 1945 - 24 August 1945|
|04||LTjg. Lowery, Fred B., USNR||24 August 1945 - 20 November 1945|
|05||LTjg. Nichols, Harold L., USNR||20 November 1945 - 28 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
The USS LST 481
Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 26 January 2018
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