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USS Red River (LFR-522)
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USS Red River (LSMR-522) (1955 - 1969)
USS LSM(R)-522 (1945 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Uniform - Kilo
NJUK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


LSM(R)-501 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 5 May 1945, at Brown Ship Building Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 9 June 1945
  • Commissioned, 6 August 1945 USS LSM(R)-522, LT. Robert W. Gutzwiller, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Recommissioned, 2 April 1951
  • Decommissioned, 15 May 1955, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Named USS Red River LSM(R)-522, 1 October 1955
  • Reclassified Inshore Fire Support Ship (LFR-522), 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 1 June 1974, to Inter Division Shipping Co. S.A., Panama, renamed Bilat, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 758 t.(light), 993 t. (attack) 1,175 t. (fully loaded)
    Length 206' 3" 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 dt>Propulsion
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSMR-522 71k USS LSM(R)-522 underway off Brown Ship Building Co., Inc.'s, shipyard at Houston, TX., circa August 1945. Completion photograph, bow view, port side.
    US Navy photo, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Houston, TX.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-522 67k USS LSM(R)-522 underway off Brown Ship Building Co., Inc.'s, shipyard at Houston, TX., circa August 1945. Completion photograph, broadside view, starboard side.
    US Navy photo, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Houston, TX.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-522 71k USS LSM(R)-522 underway off Brown Ship Building Co., Inc.'s, shipyard at Houston, TX., circa August 1945. Completion photograph, stern view, port side.
    US Navy photo, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Houston, TX.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-523/522 45k USS LSM(R)-522 and USS LSM(R)-523 moored together, circa 1945, in the Chesapeake Bay.
    Photo by Nick Neiser USS LSMR-523
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-522 35k USS LSM(R)-522 at anchor in the Chesapeake Bay with USS LSM(R)-523, circa 1945. Photo by John A McDonald USS LSMR-524. Mark McDonald for his father John A. McDonald S1/c USS LSM(R)-524
    Pit River 58k Seventeen LSM(R)s at Green Cove Springs, FL. during Operation "Zipper", the process of decommissioning the fleet, commonly called "mothballing", March 1946.
    From front to back:
    USS LSM(R)-519
    USS LSM(R)-526,
    USS LSM(R)-527,
    USS LSM(R)-525,
    USS LSM(R)-524, (See Deck Log entry below)
    USS LSM(R)-529,
    USS LSM(R)-521,
    USS LSM(R)-528,
    USS LSM(R)-522,
    USS LSM(R)-531,
    USS LSM(R)-536,
    USS LSM(R)-535,
    USS LSM(R)-534,
    USS LSM(R)-520,
    USS LSM(R)-533,
    USS LSM(R)-530,
    USS LSM(R)-523,
    The USS LSMR-524 Deck Log states during the month of March 1946
    "Moored in Birth Oak 31, St. Johns River Green Cove Springs. Fla. Anchorage in 14 feet of water, mud bottom with 65 fathoms of chain to bow anchor and 495 feet of cable to the stern anchor. Nested with LSM (R) type ships: 523, 530, 533, 520, 534, 535, 536, 531, 522, 528, 521, and 529, moored to our starboard numbering from inboard to outboard. LSM(R) type ships: 525, 527, 526, and 519, moored to our port numbering from inboard to outboard , on the following bearing: bridge opening 180 .5 (T), signal tower 235 (T), pt. of land 336 (T). The following machinery in operation: #1 generator, #1 evaporator, #2 fire & flushing pumps, #2 fresh water pumps, #2 refrigeration unit."
    Robert Hanle to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Log Entry submitted by Mark McDonald for his father John A. McDonald S1/c USS LSM(R)-524
    LSMR-522 51k USS LSM(R)-522 underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Samuel L. Morison collection.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-522 91k USS LSM(R)-522, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Paul Stolarski to honor his late father EN3 Henry Stolarski, USS LSM(R)-522 Korean War.
    LSMR-522 71k USS LSM(R)-522 underway off Virginia Beach, VA. in the VACAPES operating area, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-522 52k USS LSM(R)-522 underway off Virginia Beach, VA. in the VACAPES operating area, circa 1952.
    Photo by LT. Jorgen Strange Lorenzen, Royal Danish Navy.
    Derick S. Hartshorn
    LSMR-522 100k USS LSM(R)-522 entering port at Norfolk, VA. in 1954.
    US Navy photo # NH 85001 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1976.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-522 84k USS LSM(R)-522 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell USN USS St. Francis River LSM(R)-525 1966-67.
    LSMR-522 100k USS LSM(R)-522 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell USN USS St. Francis River LSM(R)-525 1966-67.

    USS Red River LSM(R) / LFR-522
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gutzwiller, Robert W., USNR6 August 1945 - ?
    02LCDR. Bonnett, Ira Wilburno dates
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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