USS LST-479

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USS LST-479 and USS LST-476 land vehicles and supplies amid the Roi Island Beach clutter and wreckage during the Kwajalein Operation, circa 2 to 8 February 1944. The LCVP in right foreground is from USS WARREN (APA-53).
USS LST-479 and USS LST-476, land vehicles and supplies amid the Roi Island Beach clutter and wreckage during the Kwajalein Operation, c. 2 to 8 February 1944. The LCVP in right foreground is from Warren.
History
United States
Name: LST-479
Ordered: as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 999[1]
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Yard number: 34[1]
Laid down: 25 August 1942
Launched: 4 October 1942
Commissioned: 19 April 1943
Decommissioned: 28 February 1946
Struck: 28 March 1946
Identification:
Honors and
awards:
Silver-service-star-3d.png 5 × battle stars
Fate: sold for scrapping, 16 April 1948
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 13
Operations:
Awards:

USS LST-479 was a United States Navy LST-1-class tank landing ship used in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II.

Construction[edit]

LST-479 was laid down on 25 August 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 999, by Kaiser Shipyards, Yard No. 4, Richmond, California; launched on 4 October 1942; and commissioned on 19 April 1943,[1] with Lieutenant Melvin O. Buker, USNR, in command.[3]

Service history[edit]

During the war, LST-479 was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations, she took part in the Gilbert Islands operation, November and December 1943; the Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls in February 1944; the Battle of Hollandia in April 1944; the Battle of Guam in July 1944; and the Battle of Okinawa in April 1945.[3]

Post-war service[edit]

Following the war, LST-479 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 28 February 1946, and struck from the Navy list on 28 March 1946, on 16 April 1948, the ship was sold to the Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and subsequently scrapped.[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

LST-479 earned five battle stars for her World War II service.[3]


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