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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down. 1 March 1944. at Brown Shipbuilding Co, Houston, TX.
Launched, 9 April 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-4, 20 May 1944, LT. Franklin T. Post, USNR in command
During WWII USS LSM-4 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla One, LCDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
LSM Group Two (flagship), LCDR. H. G. Maxey USNR;
LSM Division Three and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 22 June 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-4 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 2 May 1947, at Charleston, S.C.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-4 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold 29 December 1947 to West India Fruit Company, Norfolk, VA., fate unknown
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|8 to 25 September 1945
|10 to 30 November 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" ovl.
Beam 34' 6"
light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
landing, 5' 3"
fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 12.5 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
one twin bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
six single 20mm gun mounts
Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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.
two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
twin propellers 2,800shp
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||USS LSM-4 under way, 2 June 1944, in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by a blimp from
Lighter-Than-Air Squadron (ZP-22) assigned to NAS Houma, LA.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-271281, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives II, College Park, MD.
||USS LSM-4 under way off Marcus Island in December 1944.
||Richard S. Schatz to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-137 at Cebu, P.I., to transport the Americal division to Yokohama, Japan 30 August 1945. In the background are;
USS LSM-4, and
Photo was taken from USS LSM-186
||Photo by Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
||USS LSM-4 along with USS LSM-293, USS LSM-141, and USS LSM-49 beached, date and location unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-4 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9) .
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|01||LT. Post Franklin T.||20 May 1944 - December 1946|
|02||LT. Pilkington, Marinus||December 1946 - 2 May 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Last Updated 8 January 2016
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|