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LSM(R)-505 Grand River


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


LSM(R) 501 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 31 March 1945, at Brown Ship Building Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 28 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-505, 14 June 1945, LT. Hall B. Wessinger, USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 20 May 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named USS Grand River (LSM(R)-505, 1 October 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Final Disposition, sold in 1959, to Foss Launch & Tug Co., Seattle, WA, converted to a barge, sold for scrapping between 1989 and 1991
    Specifications:
    Displacement 758 t.(light), 993 t.(attack) 1,175 t. (fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" o.a.
    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 gun mounts
    four twin 20mm 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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    LSMR 505 60k LSM(R)-505 underway, date and place unknown. Tom Carbarnes to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 505 110k LSM(R)-505 underway, date and place unknown. 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
    LSMR 505 83k ex-Grand River LSM(R)-505 in commercial service as the Bell Marine Sand Co. barge Bell 157 loaded with sand from the Carquinez Strait. She is tied up at Port Costa, CA. waiting for the ebb tide to depart for Redwood City, CA., date unknown. Frank Post USS LSM-4 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 505 95k ex-Grand River LSM(R)-505 as the barge Bell 157 arriving at the Port of Redwood City, from Port Costa, CA., date unknown. Frank Post USS LSM-4 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 505 100k ex-Grand River LSM(R)-505 as the barge Bell 157 arriving at the Port of Redwood City, from Port Costa, CA., date unknown. Frank Post USS LSM-4 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

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    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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