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.
United States
Orderedas a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 967[1]
BuilderKaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington
Yard number151[1]
Laid down10 July 1942
Launched22 September 1942
Commissioned13 December 1942
Honors and
Silver-service-star-3d.png 5 × battle stars
Fatesunk, 7 April 1945
General characteristics [2]
Class and type LST-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
Part of: LST Flotilla 5

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


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]




Online resources

  • "LST-447". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 1 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 1 April 2017.
  • "USS LST-447". 4 October 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2017.

External links

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