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Forward port quarter view of USS LST-487, off Mare Island, 14 August 1945.
United States
Name: LST-487
Ordered: as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 1007[1]
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Yard number: 42[1]
Laid down: 2 January 1943
Launched: 23 January 1943
Commissioned: 27 April 1943
Decommissioned: 15 March 1946
Honors and
Silver-service-star-3d.png 5 × battle stars
Fate: sold for merchant service conversion, 20 February 1948
Status: unknown
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
Part of:
  • LST Flotilla 5 (1943–1944)
  • LST Flotilla 13 (1945)

USS LST-487 was an LST-1-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II.


LST-487 was laid down on 2 January 1943, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1007, by Kaiser Shipyards, Yard No. 4, Richmond, California; launched on 23 January 1943; and commissioned on 27 April 1943,[1] with Lieutenant Martin B. Freeman, USNR, in command.[2]

Service History[edit]

During World War II, LST 487 was assigned to the Asian/Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: the Capture and occupation of Saipan in June and July 1944; the Tinian capture and occupation in July 1944; the Capture and occupation of southern Palau Island in September and October 1944; the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945; and the Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May 1945.[3]

Battle of Saipan[edit]

At Saipan, she discharged vehicles and personnel for the attacking waves against the beach "Yellow Two". While on station, she received casualties from the beaches for treatment or burial. She suffered air attacks on 17 and 24 June, in which she was undamaged.[4]

Battle of Tinian[edit]

At Tinian, she discharged LVTs and troops to the beaches of Tinian. She remained on the beach throughout the day of 25 July, performing recovery operations.[4]

Post-war service[edit]

Following the war, LST-487 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 15 October, until 3 November 1945.[2] Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 15 March 1946, and struck from the Navy list on 1 May 1946. On 20 February 1948, the ship was sold to Brown & Root, of Houston, Texas, for merchant service.[3]


LST-487 earned five battle stars for World War II service.[3]





Online resources

  • "LST-487". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 3 February 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Kaiser Permanente No. 4, Richmond CA". 5 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  • "USS LST-487". 28 November 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  • Boyt, Wilbur (1990). History of U.S. Navy Ship L.S.T 487 WW2.

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