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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)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 July 1942, at Kaiser, Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-452, 16 January 1943
  • During World War II USS LST-452 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Lae occupation, 4 to 5 September 1943
    Finschhafen occupation, 22 to 23 September 1943
    Saidor occupation, 2 to 3 January 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 27 October 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 28 December 1943, 9 to 12 January and 5 to 9 February 1944
    Admiralty Islands landings, 11 to 15 March 1944
    Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 15 January 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April, 27 April to 3 May and 9 to 16 May 1944 Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 4 July 1945
    Western New Guinea operation
    Biak Islands operation, 27 to 29 May and 31 May to 4 June 1944
    Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 4 August, 6 to 12 and 22 to 28 August 1944
    Morotai landing, 15 September 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-452 was assigned to China service from 20 March to 21 May 1946
  • Decommissioned, 12 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS LST-452 earned seven battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
    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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    LST-452 59k Part of the 9th Australian Division, under the command of Major-General G.F. Wooten landing at Lae, New Guinea, 4 September 1943. USS LST-452 and other LSTs are unloading troops and equipment.
    Australian War Museum, Photo No. 042365
    Mike Green
    LST-452 971k US Army troops move stores ashore from USS LST-452 while beached during landing operations east of Lae, New Guinea., 9 September 1943.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 186001, Box 199, a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-452 107k USS LST-452 heads into the beach with a full deck load for the invasion of Cape Gloucester, New Britain.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-44466
    Tracy White
    LST-452 46k USS LST-452 beached, date and place unknown. Scott Molski
    LST-221 2248k Six LSTs including USS LST-221, USS LST-456 and USS LST-452 loading men and equipment during a practice landing near Lae, New Guinea, 10 April 1944.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SWPA-C-44-12328 by Cpl. Claude Carnay.
    Dave Kerr
    LST-452 46k USS LST-452 along with two unidentified LSTs beached during the capture of Wakke, Biak Island Operations, Western New Guinea, 27 May 1944.
    Note Japanese bomber shot down within 20 yards of landing area while attempting a suicide dive on LST's. Photo by Jim Fitzpatrick.
    Submitted by Adrain K. 'for educational purposes'
    Source-"Pictorial History of Australia at War 39-45",
    5 Volumes. 1959
    LST-171 92k US Army tanks deploy across an invasion beach as USS LST-171 and USS LST-452 unload their cargos, date and location unknown.
    World War II press photo.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-452
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS LST-452 Crew Roster
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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