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USS LSM-4


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Alpha - Golf
NVAG
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, LCDR. H. G. Maxey USNR;
    LSM Division Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    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:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    8 to 25 September 1945
    10 to 30 November 1945
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" ovl.
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft
    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)
    Complement
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    Armament
    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
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    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.
    two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers 2,800shp

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    LSM-4 231k 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.
    Tracy White
    LSM-4 61k USS LSM-4 under way off Marcus Island in December 1944. Richard S. Schatz to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-137 316k USS LSM-137 at Cebu, P.I., to transport the Americal division to Yokohama, Japan 30 August 1945. In the background are; USS LSM-256, USS LSM-107, USS LSM-177, USS LSM-212, USS LSM-83, USS LSM-82, USS LSM-134, USS LSM-4, and USS LSM-17, Photo was taken from USS LSM-186 Photo by Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
    LSM-293 70k 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 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
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Post Franklin T.20 May 1944 - December 1946
    02LT. Pilkington, MarinusDecember 1946 - 2 May 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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