USS LST-472 after Kamikaze attack at Mindoro Island, 19 December 1944.
United States
Orderedas a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 992[1]
BuilderKaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington
Yard number176[1]
Laid down31 October 1942
Launched7 December 1942
Commissioned13 March 1943
Stricken19 January 1945
Honors and
6 × battle stars
FateSunk in action, 21 December 1944
General characteristics [2]
Class and typeLST-1-class tank landing ship
  • 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)
  • 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
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
  • 2,100 tons oceangoing maximum
  • 350 tons main deckload
Troops16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Service record

USS LST-472 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.


LST-472 was laid down on 31 October 1942, under United States Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 992, by Kaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington; launched 7 December 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Frank C. Huntoon;[3] and commissioned on 13 March 1943.[1][2]

Service history

During World War II, LST-472 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: the consolidation of the southern Solomons in June 1943; the New Georgia Campaign, the New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation in July 1943; the Treasury-Bougainville operation, the Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina in November and December 1943; the Bismarck Archipelago operations, the Green Island landing in February 1944; the Hollandia operation in April 1944; Western New Guinea operations, the Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation in May 1944, the Biak Islands operation in June 1944, the Noemfoor Island operation in July 1944, the Cape Sansapor operation in August 1944, and the Morotai landing in September 1944; and the Luzon operation, the Mindoro landings in December 1944.[3]

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.[3]

The wreck is located at 12°19′N 121°05′E / 12.317°N 121.083°E / 12.317; 121.083[4]

Honors and awards

LST-472 earned six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service.[3]

See also




Online resources

  • "LST-472". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2017.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Kaiser Vancouver, Vancouver WA". 27 November 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  • "USS LST-472". 31 October 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "USS LST 472 (LST 472)". Retrieved 14 April 2017.