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LSM(R) / LFR-513 Laramie River

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Tango

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LSM(R)-501 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 21 April 1945, at Brown Ship Building Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 19 May 1945
  • Commissioned, USS LSM(R)-513, 9 July 1945, LT. Robert E. Miles, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 12 April 1948, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group
  • Named USS Laramie River LSM(R)-513, 1 October 1955
  • Reclassified Inshore Fire Support Ship (LFR-513), 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1973
  • Sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 1 May 1974, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD, for demilitarization and resale
  • Sold to a Key West, FL. company for use as a Caribbean coastal freighter, fate unknown
    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
    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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    Laramie River 58k LSM(R)-513 at anchor, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Laramie River 47k LSM(R)-513 at anchor, circa 1946-47, place unknown.
    Photo by Don V. Becker.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Laramie River 61k LSM(R)-513 at anchor, date and place unknown.
    Photo courtesy Samuel L. Morison.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Laramie River 65k LSM(R)-513 at anchor, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    View the Laramie River LSM(R)/LFR-513
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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