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Burning USS LST-480
Overhead view of the burning hulk of USS LST-480, in the West Loch, Pearl Harbor, 22 May 1944. The yard craft with her bow on the bow of LST-480 appears to be an LCM, while the ship at her stern is USCGC Woodbine.
Name: LST-480
Ordered: as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 1000[1]
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Yard number: 35[1]
Laid down: 31 August 1942
Launched: 29 October 1942
Commissioned: 3 May 1943
Out of service: 21 May 1944
  • 18 July 1944 or
  • 8 May 1946
Honors and
Bronze-service-star-3d.png 2 × battle stars
Fate: Sunk by accidental explosion of ammunition
General characteristics [2]
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

USS LST-480 was an LST-1-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy used in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II.


LST-479 was laid down on 31 August 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1000, by Kaiser Shipyards, Yard No. 4, Richmond, California; launched on 29 October 1942; and commissioned on 3 May 1943,[1] with Lieutenant W. H. Johnson, in command.[3][2]

World War II Pacific Theatre operations[edit]

During World War II, LST-480 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:


The rusting remains of LST-480.

On 21 May 1944, LST-480 and at least 28 to 33 other LSTs were gathered near Waipio peninsula, in Pearl Harbors West Loch, loading ammunition and supplies in preparation for the invasion of Saipan.[4][5]

At 15:08, an explosion onboard LST-353, which may have originated near LCT-963, caused a chain reaction that would eventually sink LST-480, LST-353, and four other LSTs. At least two other LSTs were severely damaged and 163 sailors were killed with another 396 wounded.[4][5]

While the other ships were removed and sunk at sea,[5] the wreck of LST-480 can still be seen in the West Loch.[6] Coordinates: 21°21′26″N 157°59′50″W / 21.35725°N 157.9972°W / 21.35725; -157.9972


LST-480 earned two battle stars for World War II service.[3]




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