|Ordered:||as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 968|
|Builder:||Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington|
|Laid down:||10 July 1942|
|Launched:||26 September 1942|
|Commissioned:||23 December 1942|
|Identification:||Hull symbol: LST-448|
|2 × battle stars|
|Fate:||sunk, 5 October 1943|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||LST-1-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||328 ft (100 m) oa|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|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 |
|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|
LST-448 was laid down on 10 July 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 968, by Kaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington; launched on 26 September 1942; and commissioned on 23 December 1942.
During the war, LST-448 was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations. She took part in the consolidation of the southern Solomons in June 1943, and the Vella Lavella occupation in October 1943.
The tank landing ship was damaged by Japanese dive bombers off Vella Lavella, Solomons, on 1 October, suffering some casualties among her embarked New Zealand troops. Fifteen members of a NZ anti aircraft crew were killed. The LST was taken under tow by tug Bobolink but sank while underway on 5 October, south of Vella Lavella. She was struck from the Navy list on 26 October 1943.