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USS Pit River (LSMR-518)
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USS LSM(R)-518 (1945 - 1955)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


LSM(R)-501 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 28 April 1945, at Brown Ship Building Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 2 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-518, 24 July 1945, LT Albert D. Ullman, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM(R)-518 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM(R) Flotilla Eighteen, CAPT. C. F. Macklin USN
    LSM(R) Group Forty-Four
    LSM(R) Division One Hundred Seven
  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL;
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Named USS Pit River LSM(R)-518, 1 October 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Final Disposition, sold in June 1959, to Philip Walker Sales Co., fate unknown.


    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
    Endurance 3,000 miles @ 13kts
    Propulsion
    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)-518 / USS Pit River (LSMR-518)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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