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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Alpha - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

USS LSM-13 was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 23 March 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 30 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-13, 1 June 1944, LT Charles A. Nitz, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-13 was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • At Okinawa LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Seven, LCDR. C. A. Lamborn USNR;
    LSM Division Thirteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 7 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-13 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 1 June 19462 September 1945 to 1 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 1 June 1946, at Shanghai, China
  • Transferred to Nationalist China (Chinese Maritime Service) , 1 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-13 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Escaped Chinese Communist take over by fleeing in October 1949 to Taiwan
  • Commissioned into the Taiwanese Navy, converted 1960's to a Coastal Minelayer, reclassified CMC-348
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1972
    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
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    one twin bow mounted 40mm gun
    four single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    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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    LSM-52,64,63,13 41k Photo taken from USS LSM-52 as she "nested" with (from left to right) USS LSM-64, USS LSM-63 and USS LSM-13.
    Photo from the George F Crouse Collection, photo No, a78.
    Submitted by Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his deceased father
    George F. Crouse who served as a MoMM 1 (Motor Machinist Mate First Class) in LSM-52
    LSM-13 72k USS LSM-13 beached the Russell Islands, near Guadalcanal, 16 July 1945 Richard Craig to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-13 45k USS LSM-13 moored in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 13 May 1946. Grant O. Deibler to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-13 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Nitz, Charles A., USNR1 June 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Nelsen, J. A., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Bruning, Robert B., USNRMarch 1946 - 1 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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