5 in HIGH x 8.5 in WIDE
(12.70 cm HIGH x 21.59 cm WIDE)
Gift of Robert D. Shaner

Written on back of photograph "First Section laid, Time 12:01 AM Nov. 14, 1942. Kaiser Shipyard in Vancouver, WA set a record in building the 475. This LSTwas the last and fastest built ship from the Kaiser Shipyards, being laid and launched in 2 days, 23 1/2 hours. The keel was lid 14 November 1942, she was launched 16 november 1942 and christened by Mrs. Edgar F. Kaiser.

These photographs were removed from the bulkhead of LST-475 by the donor, just after she was decomissioned in 1946. The donor had served on the ship during WWII. LST475 was asigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Lae, New Guinea- Sept. 1943: Saidor, New Guinea- Jan. 1944: Cape Glouster, New Britian - Dec. 1943 and Jan. 1944: Hollandia, New Guinea-April. 1944: Noemfoor Island, New Guinea area 0 July 1944: Cape Sansapor, New Guinea-July and August, 1944: Morotai Island- September. 1944: Leyte, P.I. Oct. and November 1944: Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, P.I. - January 1945: Following the war LST-475 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid October 1945. Returned to the United States ans was decommissioned on April 24, 1946 and struck fromt he Navy list June 5, 1946. Sold October 31, 1946 to Suwanee Fruit and Steamship Co., Jacksonville, FL. LST-475 earned six battle stars for World War II service. Info from Dictionary of American Naval Fighting ships, Vol. 7.

Used: U.S. Navy

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