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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:
    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

  • 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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    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 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
    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 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) .

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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