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LSM(R)-523 Republican 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, 5 May 1945, at Brown Ship Building Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 9 June 1945
  • Commissioned LSM(R)-523, 10 August 1945, LT Robert A. Sochar, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 2 July 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Named Republican River LSM(R)-523, 1 October 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold, 21 October 1960, to Richard W. Guller, 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
    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-523 57k LSM(R)-523 at anchor, date and place unknown. Jeff Naiser for his father
    Nick Naiser USS LSM(R)-523
    LSMR-523/522 45k LSM(R)-523 and LSM(R)-522 moored together, circa 1944-45, in the Chesapeake Bay.
    Photo by Nick Neiser USS LSMR-523
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-523/522 60k LSM(R)-523 underway in the Chesapeake Bay, date unknown. Photo by John A McDonald from USS LSM(R)-524. Mark McDonald for his father John A. McDonald S1/c USS LSM(R)-524
    LSMR-523 95k LSM(R)-523,
    LSM(R)-524,
    LSM(R)-525,
    LSM(R)-527,
    LSM(R)-526 and
    LSM(R)-519
    at anchor in a nest of six LSMRs at Green Cove Springs, FL, January 1946. The deck log entry of LSM(R)-524 for January 1946 indicates the following:
    "Moored at Berth Oak 31, St. John's River, Green Cove Springs, Fla. in 14 feet of water, mud bottom, with 35 fathoms of chain to bow anchor, 300 feet of cable to the stern anchor and moored port side to the USS LSM(R) 523 moored to the starboard side, the starboard side to the USS LSM (R) 525 moored to the port, port side to, USS LSM (R) 527 moored to the USS LSM (R) 525, USS LSM (R) 526 moored to LSM (R) 527, USS LSM (R) 519 moored to starboard side of USS LSM (R) 526 on the following Bridge bearing 166 (T), North End of bridge 068 (T), tower 219 (T) with the following machinery in operation #1 ship service generator, #1 boiler, #2 refrigerator, #2 fresh water pump, #2 fire and flushing pump, #2 air compressor"
    Photo submitted by Donald Tourville USS LSMR-528
    Log Entry submitted by 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:
    LSM(R)-519
    LSM(R)-526,
    LSM(R)-527,
    LSM(R)-525,
    LSM(R)-524, (See Deck Log entry below)
    LSM(R)-529,
    LSM(R)-521,
    LSM(R)-528,
    LSM(R)-522,
    LSM(R)-531,
    LSM(R)-536,
    LSM(R)-535,
    LSM(R)-534,
    LSM(R)-520,
    LSM(R)-533,
    LSM(R)-530,
    LSM(R)-523,
    The 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

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    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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