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USS St Joseph River (LSMR-527)
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USS LSM(R)-527 (1945 - 1955)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS St. Joseph River LSM(R)-527 was transferred to South Korea, renamed ROKS Si Hung (LFR-311)
LSM(R)-501 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 19 May 1945, at Brown Ship Building Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 16 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-527, 21 August 1945, LT Joe Kendall, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 28 March 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Recommissioned, 14 October 1950
  • During the Korean War USS LSM(R)-527 participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952, 1 July to 30 November 1952 Third Korean Winter, 1 December 1952 to 21 January 1953

  • Decommissioned, 5 August 1955, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Named USS St. Joseph River (LSMR-527), 1 October 1955
  • Transferred to South Korea, 15 September 1960 and renamed ROKS Si Hung (LFR-311)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, decommissioned from South Korean Navy, 31 May 1982 and scrapped
  • USS LSM(R)-527 earned two battle stars for Korean War service
    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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    USS St. Joseph's River LSM(R)-527
    LSMR-523 95k USS LSM(R)-523,
    USS LSM(R)-524,
    USS LSM(R)-525,
    USS LSM(R)-527,
    USS LSM(R)-526 and
    USS LSM(R)-519
    at anchor in a nest of six LSMRs at Green Cove Springs, FL, January 1946. The deck log entry of USS 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:
    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
    St. Joseph's River 52k USS LSM(R)-527 underway off San Diego, CA., 7 November 1954.
    Photo by Oather Morper.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    St. Joseph's River 62k USS LSM(R)-527 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    St. Joseph's River 64k USS LSM(R)-527 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1045571.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    St. Joseph's River 61k USS LSM(R)-527 underway, circa 1953, location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    ROKS Si Hung (LFR-311)
    St. Joseph's River 78k Ex-USS St. Joseph River (LSMR-527) in South Korean service as ROKS Si Hung (LFR-311) moored pierside, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    St. Joseph's River 56k ROKS Si Hung (LFR-311) underway with her crew manning the rails, circa 1961, location unknown.
    Official South Korean navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
    Robert Hurst

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