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USS LST-476 circa 1945.jpg
USS LST-476, in a floating dry dock, c. 1945, location unknown. Note the movie screen on the starboard side of the main deck.
United States
Name: LST-476
Ordered: as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 996[1]
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 4, Richmond, California
Cost: $1,711,380.19[2]
Yard number: 31[1]
Way number: 1[2]
Laid down: 5 August 1942
Launched: 10 October 1942
Sponsored by: Mrs. D.T. Williams
Commissioned: 4 April 1943
Decommissioned: 12 February 1946
Honors and
Silver-service-star-3d.png 5 × battle stars
Fate: assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East
Name: Q053
Operator: Shipping Control Authority for Japan
In service: 12 February 1946
Out of service: date unknown
Struck: 31 October 1947
Fate: transferred to Maritime Administration (MARAD), 20 April 1948
United States
Operator: MARAD
Status: sold for scrapping, 1 June 1948
General characteristics [3]
Class and type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
  • 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)
  • 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:
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
Service record
Part of: LST Flotilla 5

USS LST-476 was a United States Navy LST-1-class tank landing ship used in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II.


LST-476 was laid down on 5 August 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 996, by Kaiser Shipyards, Yard No. 4, Richmond, California; launched on 10 October 1942, sponsored by Mrs. D.T. Williams; and commissioned on 4 April 1943,[1] with Lieutenant William J. Steffens, USNR in command.[4]

Service history[edit]

During the war, LST-476 was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations. She took part in the Gilbert Islands operation, 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 and August 1944; and the Battle of Sansapor in August 1944.[4]

Post-war service[edit]

Following the war, LST-476 performed occupation duty in the Far East until February 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 12 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 31 October 1947. On 1 June 1948, the ship was sold to the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, Seattle, Washington.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

LST-476 earned five battle stars for her World War II service.[4]



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