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USS Desplaines River (LFR-412)
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USS Desplaines River (LSMR-412) (1955 - 1968)
USS LSM(R)-412 (1945 - 1955)
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.
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
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 in San Diego Harbor, 25 May 1946.
||Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 199
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
||USS LSM(R)-412 aerial broadside view underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo # USN 1045136.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM(R)-412 underway off Korea, circa 1952-53.
US Navy photo # USN 1045120.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
|USS Desplaines River (LFR)-412
||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.
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).
|01||LT. McGuire, John R., USNR||23 May 1945 - 17 November 1945|
|02||LT. Caldwell Jr., William S., USNR||17 November 1945 - 26 February 1946|
|03||LT. Christener, Albert F., USN||26 FEbruary 1946|
|04||LT. Crandall Jr., Charles Newton, USN (USNA 1944)||~1948|
|05||LT. Johnson Jr., Theodore Rogness (Rog), USN (USNA 1947)||no dates|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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