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USS Desplaines River (LFR-412)
USS Desplaines River (LSMR-412) (1955 - 1968)
USS LSM(R)-412 (1945 - 1955)

/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Uniform - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

LSM(R)-401 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 6 February 1945, at US Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 25 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-412, 23 May 1945, LT. John R. McGuire, USN, in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 1950
  • Recommissioned, 30 August 1950
  • During the Korean War USS LSM(R)-412 assigned to LSMR Squadron Five and participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    23 May to 7 June 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    16 December 1952 to 4 January 1953
    7 February to 11 March 1953
    U.N. Summer-Fall Offensive
    23 July to September 1951

  • Decommissioned, 20 September 1955, at Astoria OR
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named USS Desplaines River (LSMR)-412, 1 October 1955
  • Reclassified Inshore Fire Support Ship (LFR-412), 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1973
  • USS LSM(R)-412 earned three battle stars for Korean War service
  • Sold, 20 December 1973, to Microwave Equipment Co., Miami, FL.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    light 758 t.
    attack 994 t.
    fully loaded 1,084 t.
    Length 203' 6" o.a.
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft 7' 2' (lim)
    Speed 12.6 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 133
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm gun mounts
    four twin 20mm gun mounts (after Korean War)
    ten twin tube continuous loading 5" spin stabilizer rocket launchers (two removed after Korean War)
    four 4.2" mortars (removed after Korean War)
    two .50 cal machine guns on the forecastle
    two .30 cal machine guns on the bridge wings.
    Armor 10-lb. STS on conning station, pilot-house, radio room, radar plot, and rocket control, 10-lb. ASPP around 40 and 20mm gun mounts and directors
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    two General Motors 16-287A (non-reversing with airflex clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin screws 2,800 shp

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    USS LSM(R)-412
    LSMR-412 50k USS LSM(R)-412 in San Diego Harbor, 25 May 1946. Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 199
    Big Black River 79k USS LSM(R)-409,
    USS LSM(R)-412,
    USS LSM(R)-401,
    USS LSM(R)-403,
    USS LSM(R)-404 and
    USS LSM(R)-419 moored at Yokosuka, Japan, 1 May 1951
    US Navy photo.
    Lewis Smith to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-412 91k USS LSM(R)-412 aerial broadside view underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1045136.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-412 94k USS LSM(R)-412 underway off Korea, circa 1952-53.
    US Navy photo # USN 1045120.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    USS Desplaines River (LFR)-412
    LSMR-412 1850k USS Desplaines River (LFR-412 moored in the Reserve Fleet at Mare Island in October 1969. Desplaines River is outboard of USS Paul Hamilton (DD-590). Also visible is the bow of USS John L. Williamson (DE-370) aft of Hamilton's after stack.
    File name: DD 590 94133-10-69, Navy Photo, OCT 1969.
    Darryl Baker

    The history for USS Desplaines River LSM(R)-412 was partially extracted from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McGuire, John R., USNR23 May 1945 - 17 November 1945
    02LT. Caldwell Jr., William S., USNR17 November 1945 - 26 February 1946
    03LT. Christener, Albert F., USN26 FEbruary 1946
    04LT. Crandall Jr., Charles Newton, USN (USNA 1944)~1948
    05LT. Johnson Jr., Theodore Rogness (Rog), USN (USNA 1947)no dates
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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