LST 473

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
    Laid down July 10 1942 - Launched December 9 1942

  1. USS LST-473
    Commissioned March 16 1943 - Decommissioned March 18 1946

    Struck from Naval Register April 17 1946
    Sold April 21 1948 to Hughes Brothers, Inc., New York, N.Y. for scrap

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1944-45)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

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Other Information

LST-473 earned five battle stars for World War II service
* Eastern New Guinea operation
Lae occupation September 4-5 1943
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings October 16-29 1944
* Luzon operations
Lingayen Gulf landings January 9-18 1945
* Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Zambales-Subic Bay operation January 29-30 1945
* Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island Landings April 17-23 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards...
Medal of Honor (Posthumously) and Purple Heart S1c Johnnie David Hutchins, off Lae, New Guinea, September 4 1943
Navy Cross - S1c Frederick L. Erickson
Silver Star - CPhM Nelson Tudor and Ens. J.K. Hayes
Purple Heart - 22 (8 KIA, 14 WIA)



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