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Elk River (IX-501)
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USS LSM(R)-501 (1945 - 1955)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal


LSM(R) 501 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 24 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 21 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSMR-501, 27 May 1945, LTjg. Richard W. Elicker, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSMR-501 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM(R) Flotilla Eighteen, CAPT. C. F. Macklin USN
    LSM(R) Group Forty-Three
    LSM(R) Division One Hundred Four
  • Decommissioned, 1 August 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named Elk River and redesigned as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-501), 1 October 1955
  • Converted to a Deep Submergence Support Ship at Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Westwego, LA., and at San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point
  • "Special" in service, January 1969
  • "Active" in service, January 1973
  • Relegated to barracks craft, October 1986
  • Struck from the Naval Register,13 August 1999
  • Final Disposition; sunk as a target, 24 February 2001
    LSM(R) Specifications:
    Displacement 758 t.(light), 993 t. (attack) 1,175 t. (fully loaded)
    Length 206' 3"
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 5' 4" (mean), attack 6' 9" (mean), fully loaded 7' 9" (mean)
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 6 officers, 137 enlisted
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    ten twin continuous loading 5" SS rocket launchers
    four 4".2 mortars
    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
    Propulsion two General Motors (non-reversing with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
    Endurance 3,000 miles @ 13kts
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    USS LSM(R)-501
    LSMR 501 88k Model of LSM(R)-501 built by Gibbs & Wilcox Co. The model never left the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. It is currently on display at Rickover Hall. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501/505/503 88k LSM(R)-505, LSM(R)-501, LSM(R)-503 and an unidentified LSMR moored in a nest, date and place unknown. Innocent Hoel to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Elk River (IX-501)
    LSMR 501 90k Elk River (IX-501) in the at Avondale Shipyards, Inc. while being converted to a Deep Submergence Support Ship, date unknown. Richard S. Fish to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501 80k Elk River (IX-501) in drydocked while undergoing conversion to a Deep Submergence Support Ship, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501 85k Elk River (IX-501) dockside in 1967, location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Elk River 27k Elk River (IX-501) under way, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs
    Elk River 68k Elk River (IX-501) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    LSMR 501 77k Overhead view of Elk River (IX-501) underway, off Long Beach, CA., in November 1967 in support of the SEALAB III Project. Note the command and medical vans on her main deck.
    US Navy photo # NH 43550 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501 73k Elk River (IX-501) pierside at Naval Station Long Beach, CA., in November 1967 in support of the SEALAB III Project. Note the command and medical vans on her main deck. The project transfer capsule is on the pier.
    US Navy photo # K-81513.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501 78k Elk River (IX-501) in support of the SEALAB III Project off San Clemente Island, CA. A Personnel transfer capsule is lowered into the open will deck of the ship during a certification dive of the Mark II Diving System, November 1967.
    US Navy photo # K-81530.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501 38k Elk River (IX-501) moored pierside at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, CA. in 1993.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501 101k Elk River (IX-501) at sea, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LSMR 501 70k Elk River (IX-501) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego in March 1997.
    Photo by CWO3 Al Tarantino, USN (Ret.)
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501 79k View of Elk River (IX-501)'s superstructure while moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego in March 1997.
    Photo by CWO3 Al Tarantino, USN (Ret.)
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history for LSM(R)-501 / Elk River (IX-501) was partially extracted from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, ©1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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