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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended) - 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, 17 December 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 9 January 1943
Commissioned USS LST-485, 19 May 1943, LT. Clinton E. Stover, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-485 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater:
LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. G.B. Carter, USN;
LST Group Fifteen, CDR. V. K. Busck, USN;
LST Division Twenty-Nine and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|New Georgia Group operation
Vella-Lavella occupation, 18 September 1943
|Tinian capture and occupation, 24 July to 10 August 1944
Treasury Island landings, 27 October and 6 November 1943
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 May to 20 June 1945
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 10 August 1944
Following World War II USS LST-485 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|24 February to 11 March 1946||24 January to 18 February 1946
Decommissioned, 30 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
USS LST-485 earned five battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 March 1948, to Kaiser, Inc., Seattle, WA.
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-485 (left) is in the background of the plan view USS Hovey (DMS-11) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 20 May 1943.
US Navy photo # NH 99567 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS LST-485, USS LST-78 (with
LCT-1190 loaded on her main deck) and an unidentified LST
beached at Okinawa, 3 May 1945, while bulldozers of the 807the Engineer Aviation Battalion build ramps to the LST so that the Battalion's other equipment can be off loaded across the
US National Archives photo, courtesy fold3.com.
||USS LST-485 and USS LCI(L)-24, USS LCI(L)-222, USS LCI(L)-334 load New Zealand troops of the 3rd Division Brigade, 25 October 1943, for a landing at Mono Island in the Treasury Island Group.
||Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
||USS LST-485 underway in San Francisco Bay, CA., 1946.
US Navy photo # NH 79011 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
|US Naval Historical Center
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|01||LT. Stover, Clinton Edgar, USN||19 May 1943 - 9 April 1944|
|02||LTjg. Breimyer, H. F., USNR||9 April 1944 - 1 September 1944|
|03||LT. Moore, John Richard, USNR||1 September 1944 - 26 April 1945|
|04||LT. Plummer, John M., USNR||26 April 1945 - 20 September 1945|
|05||LT. Walsh, William D., USNR||20 September 1945 - December 1945|
|06||LTjg Escherich, W. W., USNR||December 1945 - 30 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 25 February 2016
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