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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
USS LSM-13 was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched (date unknown)
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 and participated in the following campaigns:
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||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 7 May 1945
Decommissioned, 31 May 1946, at Shanghai, China
Transferred to Nationalist China (Chinese Maritime Service) , 31 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
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
USS LSM-13 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" o.a.
Beam 34' 6"
Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
Armament one single 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
Troop Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws, Endurance, 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
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||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 Geoge 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
||USS LSM-13 beached the Russell Islands, near Guadalcanal, 16 July 1945
||Richard Craig to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-13 moored in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 13 May 1946.
||Grant O. Deibler to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS 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) .
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Last Updated 21 March 2008
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