USS LST-462, beached in the background an M3 Light Tank splashes off LST-552 on White Beach, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 21 January 1945.
History
United States
NameLST-462
Orderedas a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 982[1]
BuilderKaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington
Yard number166[1]
Laid down4 October 1942
Launched6 November 1942
Commissioned21 February 1943
Decommissioned21 March 1946
Stricken1 May 1946
Identification
Honors and
awards
5 × battle stars
Fatesold for scrapping, 15 December 1948
General characteristics [2]
Class and type LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full load
  • 2,160 long tons (2,190 t) landing
Length328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam50 ft (15 m)
Draft
  • Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing at 2,160 t: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
Installed power
Propulsion
Speed12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range24,000 nmi (44,000 km; 28,000 mi) at 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) while displacing 3,960 long tons (4,024 t)
Boats & landing
craft carried
2 or 6 x LCVPs
Capacity
  • 2,100 tons oceangoing maximum
  • 350 tons main deckload
Troops16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament
Service record
Operations:
Awards:

USS LST-462 was a United States Navy LST-1-class tank landing ship used in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. As with many of her class, the ship was never named. Instead, she was referred to by her hull designation.

Construction

The ship was laid down on 4 October 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 982, by Kaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington; launched 6 November 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Eugene E. Blazier; and commissioned on 21 February 1943,[1] Lieutenant Eskil A. Bjork, USNR, in command.[2]

Service history

During World War II, LST-462 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater. She took part in the Hollandia operation in May 1944; the Western New Guinea operations, the Biak Islands operation in May and June 1944, the Noemfoor Island operation in July 1944, the Cape Sansapor operation in July and August 1944, and the Morotai landing in September 1944; the Leyte operation in October 1944; the Lingayen Gulf landings in January 1945; and the Balikpapan operation in June and July 1945.[3]

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, the tank landing ship was sold to Hughes Bros., Inc., of New York City, and subsequently scrapped.[3]

Honors and awards

LST-462 earned five battle stars for her World War II service.[2]

Notes

Citations

Bibliography

Online resources

  • "LST-462". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 11 April 2017.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Kaiser Vancouver, Vancouver WA". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  • "USS LST-462". Navsource.org. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2017.