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LST - 450 - 500

LST - 451

LST - 451 was laid down on 20 July 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 6 October 1942; and commissioned on 12 January 1943. During World War II, LST-451 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of Saipan-June and July 1944 Tinian capture and occupation-July 1944 Leyte landing-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-451 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-February 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 22 July 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 25 September that same year. On 11 December 1947, the tank landing ship was sold to the Learner Co., Oakland, Calif., and subsequently scrapped. LST-451 earned five battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.

LST - 452

LST - 452 was laid down on 20 July 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 10 October 1942; and commissioned on 16 January 1943. During World War II, LST-452 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Finschhafen occupation-September 1943 (c) Saidor occupation-January 1944 Bismarck Archipelago operation: (a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943 through February 1944 (b) Admiralty Islands landings-March 1944 Hollandia operation-April through May 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Biak Islands operation-May and June 1944 (b) Cape Sansapor operation-July and August 1944 (c) Morotai landing-September 1944 Leyte landings-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-452 saw service in China until mid-May 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 12 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. On 5 December 1947, the ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines. LST-452 earned seven battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.

LST-453

LST - 453 was laid down on 28 July 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc., launched on 10 October 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Edward M. Argersinger; and commissioned on 21 January 1943, Lt. A. J. Hamre, USNR, in command. During World War 11, LST-453 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Supporting and consolidation operationsSeptember through December 1943 (b) Finschhafen occupation-December 1943 through February 1944 Bismarck Archipelago operation: (a) Arawe, New Britain-December 1943 LST-453 was redesignated ARL-40 and named Remus (q.v.) on 15 August 1944. On 15 July 1946, she was decommissioned and struck from the Navy list on 15 August that same year. She was sold to B. T. Jones on 16 December 1947 for scrapping. LST-453 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-454

LST - 454 was laid down on 10 July 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 14 October 1942; and commissioned on 26 January 1943, Lt. E. R. Swanton, USNR, in command. During World War 11, LST-454 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Finschhafen occupation-September 1943 (c) Saidor occupation-January 1944 Admiralty Islands landings-February through March 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (b) Morotai landing-September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landings-January 1945 Visayan Island landings-March and April 1945 Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-454 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 25 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 1 May that same year. On 3 October 1947, the ship was sold to the Patapsco Scrap Corp., of Baltimore, Md., and subsequently scrapped. LST-454 earned eight battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 455

LST - 455 was laid down on 3 August 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 17 October 1942; and commissioned on 30 January 1943. During World War 11, LST-455 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the Lae operation in September 1943. She was redesignated ARL-41 and named Achilles on 21 August 1944. Following her redesignation, Achilles took part in the Leyte landings in October and November 1944 and the Brunei Bay landing in June 1945. After the war, Achilles returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 19 July 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 28 August that same year. On 8 December 1947, she was transferred to the Nationalist Government of the Republic of China. LST-455 earned one battle star for World War 11 service. Achilles (ARL-41) earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 456

LST - 456 was laid down on 10 July 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 20 October 1942; and commissioned on 3 February 1943, Lt. Asa L. Perdue, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-456 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Saidor occupation-January and February 1944 Bismarck Archipelago operation: (a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943, February and March 1944 (b) Admiralty Islands landings-March 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation-May 1944 (b) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (c) Cape Sansapor operation-July and August 1944 (d) Morotai landing-September 1944 Leyte landings-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-April 1945 Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-456 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1946. She served with the Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS LST-456 from 31 March 1952 until she was struck from the- Navy list on 15 June 1973. On 27 September 1973, the ship was sold to the Maritime Co. Ltd., Khorramshahr, Iran. LST-456 earned eight battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 457

LST - 457 was laid down on 3 August 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 23 October 1942; and commissioned on 6 February 1943, Lt. John R. Riley, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-457 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation, (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Saidor occupation-January and February 1944 Bismarck Archipelago operations: (a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943, January and February 1944 (b) Admiralty Islands landings-March 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operation: (a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation-May 1944 (b) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (c) Noemfoor Island operation-July 1944 (d) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-November 1944 Visa an Island landings- March and April 1945 Balikp apan a operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-457 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-October 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 15 March 1946. The ship was struck from the Navy list on 29 September 1947. On 20 April 1948, she was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., of Bethlehem, Pa., and subsequently scrapped. LST-457 earned seven battle stars for World War II service.

LST-458

LST - 458 was laid down on 18 September 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 26 October 1942; and commissioned on 10 February 1943, Lt. F. W. Hinrichs, USNR, in command. During World War 11, LST-458 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Saidor occupation-February 1944 Bismarck Archipelago operation: (a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943, January and February 1944 (b) Admiralty Islands landings-March 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation-May 1944 (b) Biak Island operation-June 1944 (c) Noemfoor Island operation-July 1944 (d) Cape Sansapor operation-August 1944 (e) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Mindanao Island landings-April 1945 Following the war, LST-458 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-October 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 15 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July 1946. On 31 October 1947, the ship was sold to the Luria Steel & Trading Corp., of Philadelphia, Pa., and subsequently scrapped. LST-458 earned six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.

LST-459

LST - 459 was laid down on 22 September 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 29 October 1942; and commissioned on 13 February 1943. During World War II, LST-459 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Bismarck Archipelago operation: (a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943, January and February 1944 (b) Admiralty Islands landings-March 1944 Hollandia operation-April and May 1944 Western New Guinea operations (a) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (b) Noemfoor Island operation-July 1944 (c) Cape Sansapor operation-August 1944 (d) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Consolidation of the southern Philippines: (a) Mindanao Island landings-March 1945 (b) Sulu Archipelago landings-April 1945 Following the war, LST-459 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-November 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 12 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 June that same year. On 31 October 1947, the ship was sold to the New Orleans Shipwrecking Co., New Orleans, La., and subsequently scrapped. LST-459 earned six battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 460

LST - 460 was laid down on 26 September 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 31 October 1942; and commissioned on 15 February 1943, Lt. Everett E. Weire in command. During World War II, LST-460 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Consolidation of southern Solomons-June 1943 Vella-Lavella occupation-August 1943 Treasury Island landing-November 1943 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-November 1944 Mindoro landing-December 1944 LST-460 was lost in action due to an enemy aircraft attack on 21 December 1944 off Mindoro, Philippines. She was struck from the Navy list on 19 January 1945. LST-460 earned six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War 11 service.

LST - 461

LST - 461 was laid down on 30 September 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 3 November 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Eugene E. Blazier; and commissioned on 18 February 1943, Lt. E. A. Bjork, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-461 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of Saipan-June and July 1944 Tinian capture and occupation-July 1944 Leyte landings-October 1944 Manila Bay-Bicol operation: (a) Nasugbu-January 1945 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-May 1945 Following the war, LST-461 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 2 September 1947 and struck from the Navy list on 16 September that same year. On 30 March 1948, the tank landing ship was sold to Consolidated Builders, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-461 earned five battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 462

LST - 462 was laid down on 4 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 6 November 1942; and commissioned on 21 February 1943, Lt. C. K. Ragan in command. During World War II, LST-462 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Hollandia operation-May 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (b) Noemfoor Island operation-July 1944 (c) Cape Sansapor operation-July and August 1944 (d) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte land ings-O ctober 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Balikpapan operation-July 1945 Following the war, LST-462 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 21 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 1 May that same year. On 15 December 1948, she was sold to Hughes Bros., Inc., New York, N.Y., and subsequently scrapped. LST-462 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST-463

LST - 469 was laid down on 6 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc., launched on 9 November 1942; and commissioned on 23 February 1943. During World War II, LST-463 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943, January through March 1944 Saidor occupation-January and February 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (b) Noemfoor Island operation-July 1944 (c) Cape Sansapor operation-July and August 1944 (d) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Manila Bay-Bicol operation: (a) Nasugbu-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings April 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-June 1945 Following the war, LST-463 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 6 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 June that same year. On 3 November 1947, the tank landing ship was sold to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., of Seattle, Wash. LST-463 earned nine battle stars for World War II service.

LST-464

LST - 464 was laid down on 10 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 12 November 1942; and commissioned on 25 February 1943, Lt. Augustin K. Ridgway, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-464 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Supporting and consolidations designated by Commander 7th Fleet-May through October 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Following the war, LST-464 was redesignated LSTH-464 on 15 September and performed occupation duty in the Far East until late September 1945. The tank landing ship returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 16 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 19 June 1946. On 5 March 1948, she was sold to the Port Houston Iron Works, Inc., of Houston, Tex., for non-self-propelled operation. LST-464 earned two battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.

LST-465

LST - 465 was laid down on 17 December 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 9 January 1943; and commissioned on 27 February 1943, Lt. L. A. Smith, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-465 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Bismarck-Archipelago operation: (a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943, January and February 1944 (b) Admiralty Islands landings-March 1944 Saidor occupation-February 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation-May 1944 (b) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Following the war, LST-465 performed occupation duty in the Far East in October and November 1945. Upon her return to the United States, the tank landing ship was decommissioned on 8 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 April 1946. On 30 September 1947, she was sold to Patapsco Scrap Corp., Baltimore, Md., for scrapping. LST-465 earned six batttle stars for World War II service.

LST - 466

LST - 466 was laid down on 14 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 18 November 1942; and commissioned on I March 1943. During World War II, LST-466 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Saidor occupation-January 1944 Bismarck Archipelago operation: (a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943 and February 1944 (b) Admiralty Islands landings-February and March 1944 Hollandia operation-April and May 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation-May 1944 (b) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (c) Noemfoor Island operation-July 1944 (d) Cape Sansapor operation-July and August 1944 Leyte landings-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Borneo operation: (a) Tarakan Island operation-April and May 1945 (b) Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-466 performed occupation duty in the Far East in October 1945 and saw service in China in November and December 1945. Upon her return to the United States, the tank landing ship was decommissioned on 8 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 April that same year. On 4 June 1948, she was sold to Hughes Bros., Inc., of New York, N.Y., and subsequently scrapped. LST-466 earned seven battle stars for World War II service.

LST-467

LST - 467 was laid down on 17 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 21 November 1942; and commissioned on 3 March 1943, Lt. Milton B. Taylor, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-467 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lae occupation-September 1943 Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943 and February 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation-May 1944 (b) Biak Island operation-June 1944 (c) Noemfoor Island operation-June and July 1944 (d) Cape Sansapor operation-August 1944 (e) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Consolidation of the southern Philippines: (a) Palawan Island landings-March 1945 (b) Visayan Island landings-March 1945 Tarakan Island operation-April and May 1945 Following the war, LST-467 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 28 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 5 June 1946. On 22 November 1946, the tank landing ship was sold to the National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Calif. LST-467 earned seven battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.

LST - 468

LST - 468 was laid down on 20 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser Inc.; launched on 24 November 1942; and commissioned on 5 March 1943. During World War 11, LST-468 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Saidor occupation-January and February 1944 Bismarck Archipelago operation: (a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943 and February 1944 (b) Admiralty Island landings-March 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (b) Noemfoor Island operation-July 1944 (c) Cape Sansapor operation-July and August 1944 (d) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-April 1945 Following the war, LST-468 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 12 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 5 June that same year. On 30 September 1947, the tank landing ship was sold to the Patapsco Scrap Corp., Baltimore, Md., and subsequently scrapped. LST-468 earned seven battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War 11 service.

LST - 469

LST - 469 was laid down on 23 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 27 November 1942; and commissioned on 8 March 1943. During World War II, LST-469 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation-May 1944 (b) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (c) Noemfoor Island operation-July 1944 (d) Cape Sansapor operation-July and August 1944 (e) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte land ings-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Following the war, LST-469 performed occupation duty in the Far East until 24 October 1945 and saw China service from 25 October to 2 November 1945. Upon her return to the United States, LST-469 was decommissioned on 27 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 1 May that same year. On 13 December 1947, the tank landing ship was sold to Hughes Bros., Inc., New York, N.Y., for scrapping. LST-469 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST-470

LST - 470 was laid down on 26 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 30 November 1942; and commissioned on 9 March 1943, Lt. Richard McMahon, USNR, in command. During World War 11, LST-470 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Saidor occupation-January 1944 Bismarck Archipelago operation: (a) Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943 (b) Admiralty Islands landing-March 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (b) Cape Sansapor operation-July and August 1944 (c) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Consolidation of the southern Philippines: (a) Palawan Island landings February and March 1945 (b) Mindanao Island landings-April 1945 Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-470 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 4 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 5 June that same year. On 4 November 1947, the tank landing ship was sold to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-470 earned eight battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.

LST-471

LST - 471 was laid down on 29 October 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 3 December 1942; and commissioned on 11 March 1943, Lt. Samuel C. Otto, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-471 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lae occupation-September 1943 Leyte landing-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-March 1945 Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following World War II, LST-471 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 26 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 April that same year. On 21 January 1948, the tank landing ship was sold to Hughes Bros., Inc., New York, N.Y., and subsequently scrapped. LST-471 earned five battle stars for World War II service.

LST-472

LST - 472 was laid down on 31 October 1942 at Vancouver,.Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 7 December 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Frank C. Huntoon; and commissioned on 13 March 1943. During World War II LST-472 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Consolidation of southern Solomons-June 1943 New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation-July 1943 Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina-November and December 1943 Green Islands landings-February 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operations-May 1944 (b) Biak Island operation-June 1944 (c) Noemfoor Island operation-July 1944 (d) Cape Sansapor operation-August 1944 (e) Morotai landings-September 1944 Mindoro landings-December 1944 LST-472 was sunk during action with the enemy off Mindoro Island, Philippines, on 21 December 1944 and struck from the Navy list on 19 January 1945. LST-472 earned six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.

LST - 473

LST - 473 was laid down on 10 July 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 9 December 1942; and commissioned on 16 March 1943, 'Lt. R. W. Dillard in command. During World War II, LST-473 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lae occupation-September 1943 Leyte landings-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Zambales-Subic Bay-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-April 1945 Following the war, LST-473 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 18 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 17 April that same year. On 21 April 1948, the tank landing ship was sold to Hughes Bros., Inc., New York, N.Y., and subsequently scrapped. LST-473 earned five battle stars for World War II service.On behalf of the LST 473 Association I would like to share some additional information about this great LST and crew.╩ LST 473 sailors were awarded a number of decorations for heroism during the assault on Lae, New Guinea on September 4, 1943 in the Southwest Pacific Theater of War serving as part of the VII Amphibious Force known as "General MacArthur's Navy".╩ The following decorations were earned:╩ JOHNNIE DAVID HUTCHINS, S1c, Posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor; FREDERICK L. ERICKSON, S1c, awarded the Navy Cross; NELSON TUDOR, CPhM, awarded the Silver Star; J.K. HAYES, Ensign, awarded the Silver Star; Letters of Commendation were awarded to EDDIE A. HUNTSMAN, EM3c,╩SYLVESTER L. MODGLIN,╩MoMM2c and J.W. TRIPLETT, Ensign. 8 shipmates were killed in action during this assault a 14 others were seriously wounded when 2 500-lb. bombs hit╩the 473.╩ Shipmates killed in action were: WALLACE M. BONAPARTE, Lt(jg); CHARLES L. BOOTH, QM2c;╩JOHN M. CARIMI, PhM2c; ╩JAMES "JAKE" M. DODERO, SF2c; GEORGE E. EKLUND, SK2c; MARK A. HOVENKAMP, EM2c; JOHNNIE DAVID HUTCHINS, S1c; HOWARD STARK, MoMM2c.╩ It should also be noted that LST 473 earned╩a 6th battle star for her participation in the Borneo landings in the summer of 1945.
A complete history of LST 473 can be found on our web site at:╩ ╩http://lst473.freeyellow.com/index.html

LST - 474

LST - 474 was laid down on 10 July 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 12 December 1942; and commissioned on 19 March 1943, Lt. R. W. Langworthy in command. During World War II, LST-474 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Saidor occupation-January 1944 Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Biak Island operation-May and June 1944 (b) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Mindanao Island landings-April 1945 Balikpapan operation-June and July 1945 Following the war, LST-474 performed occupation duty in the Far East in September 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 22 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 17 April that same year. On 17 December 1947, the ship was sold to the Ships and Power Equipment Corp., of Barber, N.J., and subsequently scrapped. LST-474 earned eight battle stars for World War II service.

LST-475

LST - 475 was laid down on 10 July 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 16 November 1942; and commissioned on 20 March 1943, Lt. Comdr. T. D. Blake, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-475 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Eastern New Guinea operation: (a) Lae occupation-September 1943 (b) Saidor occupation-January 1944 Cape Gloucester, New Britain-December 1943 and January 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Western New Guinea operations: (a) Noemfoor Island operations--July 1944 (b) Cape Sansapor operation-July and August 1944 (c) Morotai landings-September 1944 Leyte landings-October and November 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Following the war, LST-475 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-October 1945. Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 24 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 5 June that same year. On 31 October 1946, she was sold to the Suwannee Fruit & Steamship Co., Jacksonville, Fla. LST-475 earned six battle stars for World War II service.

LST-476

LST - 476 was laid down on 5 August 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser Co., Inc.; launched on 10 October 1942; and commissioned on 4 April 1943, Lt. W. J. Steffens, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-476 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Gilbert Islands operation-November and December 1943 Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls-February 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Capture and occupation of Guam-July and August 1944 Cape Sansapor operation-August 1944 Following the war, LST-476 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1946. Upon her return to the United States, LST-476 was decommissioned on 12 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 October 1947. On 1 June 1948, the ship was sold to the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co., of Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-476 earned five battle stars for World War II service.

LST-477

LST - 477 was laid down on 12 August 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 29 October 1942; and commissioned on 19 February 1942, Lt. Josiah K. Adams, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-477 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Gilbert Islands operation-November and December 1943 Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls-February 1944 Capture and occupation of Guam-July 1944 Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima-February 1945 Following the war, LST-477 was redesignated LST(H)-477 on 15 September 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-February 1946. She returned to the United States and was struck from the Navy list on 28 August 1947. On 27 March 1948, the ship was sold to Consolidated Builders, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-477 earned four battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War 11 service.

LST - 478

LST - 478 was laid down on 17 August 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 7 November 1942; and commissioned on 13 March 1943, Lt. H. F. Holmshaw in command. During World War II, LST-478 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Gilbert Island operation-November and December 1943 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Capture and occupation of Guam-July 1944 Leyte landings-October 1944 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-478 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-March 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 23 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 28 August 1947. On 25 March 1948, the ship was sold to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, Wash., for scrapping. LST-478 earned five battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 479

LST - 479 was laid down on 25 August 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 4 October 1942; and commissioned on 19 April 1943. During World War 11, LST-479 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Gilbert Islands operation-November and December 1943 Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls-February 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Capture and occupation of Guam-July 1944 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-March and April 1945 Following the war, LST-479 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 28 February 1946 and was struck from the Navy list on 28 March that same year. On 16 April 1948, the ship was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, Pa., and subsequently scrapped. LST-479 earned five battle stars for World War 11 service.

LST - 480

LST - 480 was laid down on 31 August 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 29 October 1942; and commissioned on 3 May 1943. During World War II, LST-480 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the Gilbert Islands operation in November and December 1943 and the occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls in February 1944. The ship was lost through an accident on 21 May 1944. She was struck from the Navy list on 18 July 1944. LST-480 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

LST-481

LST - 481 was laid down on 4 September 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 2 December 1942; and commissioned on 15 May 1943. During World War II, LST-481 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Gilbert Islands operation-November and December 1943 Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro AtollsJanuary and February 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Capture and occupation of Guam-July 1944 Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima-February 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-481 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-November 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 28 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 April 1946. On 16 April 1948, the ship was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, Pa., and subsequently scrapped. LST-481 earned six battle stars for World War II service.

LST-482

LST - 482 was laid down on 14 September 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 17 December 1942; and commissioned on 20 March 1943, Lt. R. L. Eddy, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-482 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Gilbert Islands operation-November and December 1943 Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro AtollsJanuary and February 1944 Hollandia operation-April 1944 Capture and occupation of Guam-July 1944 Leyte landings-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Following the war, LST-482 was redesignated LSTH-482 on 15 September 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East in November and December 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 23 February 1946 and redesignated LST-482 on 6 March 1952. The tank landing ship was subsequently named Branch County (LST-482) on 1 July 1955 after a county in Michigan. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 11 August 1955. In early March 1956, the ship was sunk by naval gunfire and submarine-launched torpedoes in an exercise off San Diego, Calif. LST-482 earned six battle stars for World War II service.

LST-483

LST - 483 was laid down on 21 September 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 30 December 1942; and commissioned on 3 May 1943. During World War II, LST-483 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of Saipan-June and July 1944 Tinian capture and occupation-July 1944 Leyte landings-October 1944 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-April 1945 Following the war, LST-483 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommis sioned on 10 February 1946. The tank landing ship was redesignated Brewster County (LST-483) on 1 July 1955 after a county in Texas. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 11 August 1955, and she was later sunk as a target. LST-488 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 484

LST - 484 was laid down on 28 September 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 2 January 1943; and commissioned on 23 April 1943. During World War II, LST-484 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Gilbert Islands operation: (a) Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls-- February 1944 (b) Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll-February and March 1944 Capture and occupation of Saipan-June and July 1944 Tinian capture and occupation-July 1944 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-March through June 1945 Following the war, LST-484 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-February 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 27 July 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 28 August that same year, On 13 December 1947, the ship was sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-484 earned five battle stars for World War 11 service.

LST - 485

LST - 485 was laid down on 17 December 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 9 January 1943; and commissioned on 19 May 1943. During World War II, LST-485 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Vella-Lavella occupation-September 1943 Treasury Island landings-October through November 1943 Capture and occupation of Saipan-June and August 1944 Tinian capture and occupation-July and August 1944 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-May through June 1945 Following the war, LST-485 saw China service in January and February 1946 and performed occupation duty in the Far East until early March 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 30 July 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 28 August that same year. On 29 March 1948, the ship was sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-485 earned five battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.

LST - 486

LST - 486 was laid down on 31 December 1942 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 16 January 1943; and commissioned on 29 May 1943. During World War 11, LST-486 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of Saipan-June and July 1944 Tinian capture and occupation-July 1944 Leyte landings--October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Following the war, LST-486 was redesignated LSTH-486 on 15 September 1945. She performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 13 January 1946. The tank landing ship was operated by the Shipping Control Authority, Japan, until destroyed on 23 July 1947. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 28 August 1947. LST-486 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

LST-487

LST - 487 was laid down on 2 January 1943 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 23 January 1943; and commissioned on 27 April 1943. During World War II, LST-487 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Capture and occupation of Saipan-June and July 1944 Tinian capture and occupation-July 1944 Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands - September and October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto-May 1945 Following the war, LST-487 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early November 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 15 March 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 1 May that same year. On 20 February 1948, the ship was sold to Brown & Root, of Houston, Tex., for merchant service. LST-487 earned five battle stars for World War II service.

LST-488

LST - 488 was laid down on 11 January 1943 at Richmond, Calif., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 5 March 1943; and commissioned on 24 May 1943. During World War II, LST-488 was assigned to the Asiatic- Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina-November 1943 Capture and occupation of Guam-July 1944 Leyte landing-October 1944 Lingayen Gulf landing-January 1945 Following the war, LST-488 was redesignated LSTH-488 on 15 September 1945 and performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 11 January 1946. She was redesignated LST-488 on 6 March 1952 and served with the Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS LST- 488 in the postwar period. The ship was transferred to the Republic of the -Philippines as a lease on 15 July 1972. LST-488 earned four battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.

LST-489

LST - 489 was redesignated ARL-2 and named Amy cus (q.v.) on 13 January 1943.

LST-490

LST - 490 was redesignated ARL-3 and named Agenor (q.v.) on 13 January 1943.

LST-491

LST - 491 was laid down on 29 July 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 23 September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Barton Cook; and commissioned on 3 December 1943. During World War II, LST-491 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. She was then assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and took part in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May and June 1945. Following the war, LST-491 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. The tank landing ship returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 12 January 1946. She was loaned to the Japanese government on 31 March 1952 and operated under the Shipping Control Authority, Japan. The ship was later operated by MSTS (later MSC) Pacific. LST-491 was struck from the Navy list in June 1975 and transferred to the Philippine Navy on 13 September 1976. LST-491 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 492

LST - 492 was laid down on 3 August 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 30 September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. John A. Spruill; and commissioned on 8 December 1943. During World War II, LST-492 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and the invasion of southern France in August and September 1945. She was then assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May and June 1945. Following the war, LST-492 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early December 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 17 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 23 June 1947. On 24 February 1948, the tank landing ship was sold to Green's Bayou Transporters, Houston, Tex., for non-self- propelled operation. LST-492 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST-493

LST - 493 was laid down on 9 August 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 4 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Charles M. Hoagland; and commissioned on 13 December 1943. During World War II, LST-493 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. She grounded while attempting to enter Plymouth Harbor, England, on 12 April 1945 and was broken up and destroyed. The ship was struck from the Navy list on 19 May 1945. LST-493 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-494

LST - 494 was laid down on 10 August 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 11 October 1943; sponsored by Miss Marilyn Elise Stevens; and commissioned on 18 December 1943. During World War II, LST-494 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. She was then assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and took part in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in June 1945. Following the war, LST-494 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early March 1946 and saw China service from mid-March through late May 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 29 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 28 August that same year. On 12 August 1948, the ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines. LST-494 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 495

LST - 495 was laid down on 14 August 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 16 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Arthur L. Nunn; and commissioned on 23 December 1943. During World War II, LST-495 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and the invasion of southern France in August and September that same year. She was then assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and took part in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April and June 1945. Following the war, LST-495 performed occupation duty in the Far East until late October 1945. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 23 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 5 June 1946. On 8 April 1948, the ship was sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., of Seattle, Wash., and subsequently scrapped. LST-495 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST - 496

LST - 496 was laid down on 24 August 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 22 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Fred McCutchan; and commissioned on 27 December 1943, Lt. Stanley H. Koch, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-496 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. She was sunk by enemy mines off Omaha Beach, Normandy, on 11 June 1944. LST-496 was struck from the Navy list on 22 August 1944. LST-496 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 497

LST - 497 was laid down on 26 August 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 27 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Paul H. Schmidt; and commissioned on 31 December 1943, Lt. C. V. Riley, USNR, in command. During World War II, LST-497 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Following the war, she returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 18 December 1945 and struck from the Navy list on 8 January 1946. On 30 January 1948, the ship was sold to the Anglo-Canadian Pulp & Paper Mills, Quebec, Canada, for operation. LST-497 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST - 498

LST - 498 was laid down on 31 August 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 1 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Raymond M. Wall; and commissioned on 6 January 1944. During World War II, LST-498 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 8 November 1945 and struck from the Navy list on 28 November that same year. On 21 November 1947, the ship was sold to the Washburn Wire Co., of Philipsdale, R.I., and subsequently scrapped. LST-498 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-499

LST - 499 was laid down on 3 September 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 5 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Porter W. Kohlmeyer; and commissioned on 10 January 1944. During World War 11, LST-499 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. She was sunk due to enemy action during the invasion on 8 June 1944, and her name was struck from the Navy list on 22 August 1944. LST-499 earned one battle star for World War II service.

LST-500

LST - 500 was laid down on 8 September 1943 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 10 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Ben Moreell; and commissioned on 13 January 1944. During World War II, LST-500 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 18 July 1947. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 August 1947. On 20 April 1948, the ship was sold to the Southern Trading Co., of Wilmington, Del., for operation. LST-500 earned one battle star for World War II service.

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