USS LST-447 6 or 7 April 1945.jpg
USS LST-447, being hit by a Japanese kamikaze pilot, 6 or 7 April 1945, off the Okinawa beachhead.
History
United States
Name: LST-447
Ordered: as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 967[1]
Builder: Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington
Yard number: 151[1]
Laid down: 10 July 1942
Launched: 22 September 1942
Commissioned: 13 December 1942
Identification:
Honors and
awards:
Silver-service-star-3d.png 5 × battle stars
Fate: sunk, 7 April 1945
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement:
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) (light)
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) (full (seagoing draft with 1,675 short tons (1,520 t) load)
  • 2,366 long tons (2,404 t) (beaching)
Length: 328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward; 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing with 500 short tons (450 t) load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 24,000 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 x LCVPs
Capacity: 1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission
Troops: 16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement: 13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament:
Service record
Part of: LST Flotilla 5
Operations:
Awards:

USS LST-447 was a United States Navy LST-1-class tank landing ship used in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II.

Construction

LST-447 was laid down on 10 July 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 967, by Kaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington; launched on 22 September 1942; and commissioned on 13 December 1942,[1] with Lieutenant Frank H. Stormes, USNR in command.[3]

Service history

During the war, LST-447 was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations. She took part in the consolidation of the southern Solomons in June 1943; the occupation and defense of Cape Torokina November and December 1943; the Green Islands landing February 1944; the Hollandia operation in April 1944; the assault and occupation of Guam July and August 1944; and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto April 1945.[3]

The tank landing ship was sunk off Okinawa on 7 April 1945, following a kamikaze attack. She was struck from the Navy list on 2 June 1945.[3]

Honors and awards

LST-447 earned five battle stars for her World War II service.[3]

Notes

Citations

Bibliography

Online resources

  • "LST-447". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 1 April 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Kaiser Vancouver, Vancouver WA". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  • "USS LST-447". Navsource.org. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2017.

External links

  • Photo gallery of USS LST-447 at NavSource Naval History