|Builder:||Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co|
|Laid down:||12 May 1943|
|Launched:||30 July 1943|
|Commissioned:||26 August 1943|
|Decommissioned:||2 July 1946|
|Struck:||15 August 1946|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap in 1947|
|Class & type:||LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship|
|Draft:||light: 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft,
sea-going: 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft,
landing: 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing with 500 ton load)
|Propulsion:||Two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
|Complement:||7 officers, 104 enlisted|
|Armament:||(2) twin 40 mm gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors,
(4) single 40 mm gun mounts,
(12) single 20 mm gun mounts
LST-247 was laid down on 12 May 1943 in Evansville, IN.
- Bougainville - February 1944
- Invasion of Hollandia - April 1944
- Invasion of Guam - July 1944
- Invasion of Iwo Jima - February 1945
LST-247 beached at Kukum Beach, on the US-held island of Guadalcanal on 21 January 1944 accompanied by LSTs 399 and 200. She delivered over 500 tons of deck cargo, 170 tons of rolling cargo, 14 officers, and 235 enlisted men from the 106th Reconnaissance Squadron. Immediately following this, LST-247 then headed for Bougainville, where she delivered additional troops and equipment. In February the crew shot down a Japanese Betty Bomber.
In late March, the crew received orders to sail for Milne Bay, New Guinea, where they began preparations for the Hollandia invasion at Aitape. The ship beached at Aitape at sunrise on 23 April but damaged her anchor winch. She managed to retract from the beach by sunset.
LST-247 set sail for Saipan in June 1944, where there were run-ins with the Japanese. The task group came under attack by torpedo planes on two separate occasions, and during one incident, shot down friendly aircraft when it approached unexpectedly.
The ship's task during the Guam invasion was in picking up casualties and bringing them to Pearl Harbor, where she arrived in August 1944. She underwent maintenance and resumed sail in January 1945, where she participated in the February amphibious assault on the Japanese stronghold island of Iwo Jima. She retracted from Iwo Jima after spending nearly a month on the beach.
By April 1945, LST-247 was back at Pearl Harbor. She set sail for Seattle to undergo extensive repairs. In August, she arrived at Pearl Harbor, where she was redesignated as a Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-247 on 15 September 1945. She was decommissioned nearly a year after this, and was sold for scrap to William H. Skinner in 1947.
- "NavSource Online: LST / LST(H)-247". NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Service Timeline
- Photo of her christening
- Technical details and photos of her at Guadalcanal
- Crew list