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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 September 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 2 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-484, 23 April 1943, LT. Felton B. Schwenner, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-484 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J. G. Sampson, USN (22);
    LST Group Thirty-Nine, CDR. B. T. Zelenka, USN (24);
    LST Division Seventy-Eight and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Gilbert Islands operation, 21 November to 8 December 1943 Marianas operation,
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 30 July 1944
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 2 to 8 February 1944
    Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 19 February to 2 March 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945.

  • Following World War II USS LST-484 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 January to 20 February 1946.
  • USS LST-484's itinerary after World War II included the following voyages and ports of call:
    24 March 1946; underway from Tinian, Marianas Islands to Manila, Philippine Islands
    13 April 1946; Cavite, Philippine Islands to Guam, Marianas Islands
    13 April 1946; Destination changed instead of Guam, Marianas Islands now new destination Guinan, Samar, Philippine Islands
    23 April 1946; underway from Guinan, Samar, Philippine Islands to Pearl Harbor, TH.
    18 May 1946; underway from Pearl Harbor, TH. to Port Hueneme, CA.
    31 May 1946; underway from Port Hueneme, CA. to San Francisco, CA.
  • Decommissioned, 27 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • USS LST-484 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 December 1947, to Kaiser, 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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    181k The view from USS LST-484 of the bombing of Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, 2 February 1944, LST-484 was approximately 8 miles off Kwajalein when this photo was taken.
    US Army Air Corps photo # 63597 A.C. now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Jason Post
    LST-484 1039k USS LST-484 and USS LST-244 beached while unloading at Green Beach Kwajalein Atoll, circa 4 February 1944. Note LST-244 is unloading across a floating causeway. Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
    412k USS LST-484 unloading, 4 February 1944, across a pontoon ramp that has been constructed to facilitate the unloading of heavy equipment. at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Here, a caterpillar tractor pulls a heavy machine down the ramp onto the beach.
    US National Archives Identifier 193836354, US Army Air Corps photo # A63303A.C.
    David Upton
    230k A bulldozer pulls a roll of beach mat off USS LST-484 at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, 4 February 1944.
    US National Archives ID 193836348, US Army Air Corps photo # 63302A.C.
    David Upton
    314k USS LST-484 unloading 7th Air Force equipment at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 4 February 1944. Note pontoon ramp on right.
    US National Archives ID 193836390, US Army Air Corps photo # 65223A.C.
    David Upton
    LST-484 116k USS LST-484 at anchor, location unknown, circa 1945-46.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 84691. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS LST-484
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Schwenner, Felton Bonaparte, USN23 April 1943 - 30 June 1944
    02LTjg. Corby Jr., Francis, USNR30 June 1944 - 12 December 1944
    03LT. Ringelberg, Harold Albert, USNR12 December 1945 - 17 July 1945
    04LT. Wildes, James Oliver, USNR17 July 1945 - 15 January 1946
    05LTjg. Worthen Jr., John Edgar, USNR15 January 1946 - 27 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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