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LST-446

 

LST-446 was laid down on 15 June 1942 at Vancouver, Wash., by Kaiser, Inc.; launched on 18 September 1942; and commissioned on 30 November 1942, Lt. H. A. Swartz, USNR, in command.

 

During World War II, LST-446 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

 

Consolidation of southern Solomons — March through June 1943

New Georgia Group operation:

(a) New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation—July and August 1943

(b) Vella Lavella occupation—August 1943

Treasury-Bouganville operation:

(a) Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina—November and December 1943

Green Islands landing—February 1944

Capture and occupation of Guam—July 1944

Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto—April 1945

 

Following the war, LST-446 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945. Upon her return to the United States, the tank landing ship was decommissioned on 13 July 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 8 October that same year. On 10 February 1947, she was sold to the Suwannee Fruit & Steamship Co., of Jacksonville, Fla., for conversion to merchant service.

 

LST-446 earned six battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for service in World War II.