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USS LST(H)-486
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USS LST-486 (1943 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Yankee - Foxtrot
NGYF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down. 31 December 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 16 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-486, 29 May 1943, LT. E. C. Shea USNR (May 1945)
  • During World War II USS LST-486 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
    LST Flotilla Three, CDR. A. A. Ageton USN (23);
    LST Group Eight;
    LST Division Sixteen and participated in the campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 30 July 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Tinian capture and occupation
    24 to 30 July 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 15 January 1945

  • Redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-486, 15 September 1945
  • Following World War II USS LST(H)-486 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    25 to 29 September 1945
    20 October to 1 November 1945
    18 November to 21 December 1945
    3 to 13 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 12 January 1946 and transferred to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority (SCAJAP), redesignated Q011
  • Final Disposition, destroyed, 23 July 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1947
  • USS LST-486 earned four 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-486 99k Unloading US Army 483 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalions A and B from USS LST-486 at San Diego, CA., 2 January 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-224500 from the US Navy photo collection at NARA II, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    LST-486 136k USS LST-486 loading an Army truck during Acorn Training, San Diego, CA., 9 January 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-224489 from the US Navy photo collection at NARA II, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    LST-486 86k Army quad 50s waiting to loaded by crane aboard USS LST-486 during Acorn Training, San Diego, CA., 9 January 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-224492 from the US Navy photo collection at NARA II, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    LST-486 50k USS LST-486 beached at San Clemente, CA., during Acorn Training, 9 January 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-224516 from the US Navy photo collection at NARA II, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    LST-486 58k USS LST-486 beached at San Clemente, CA., during Acorn Training, 9 January 1944. Note the Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber making a mock attack on the ship and the unidentified ATO in the distant background.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-224516 from the US Navy photo collection at NARA II, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    LST-486 66k USS LST-486 beached at San Clemente, CA., while unloading a bulldozer during Acorn Training, 9 January 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-224532 from the US Navy photo collection at NARA II, College Park, MD.
    Tracy White

    USS LST-486
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Shea, E. C., USNR29 May 1943 - May 1945
    02LT. Snowdon, D. E., USNRMay 1945 - 12 January 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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