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USS LSM-17 was loaned to France and later sold to South Korea

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 10 April 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 7 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-17, 14 June 1944, LTjg Floyd R. Dorman USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-17 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 22 July 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Transferred to France, 1 April 1954
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 14 October 1956, at Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Loaned to South Korea, 18 October 1956
  • Transferred, cash sale, under the terms of the Security Assistance Program, to South Korea, 15 November 1974
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown, last reported active in South Korean Navy in 1996
  • LSM-17 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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, 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 Accommodations 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-213 77k From front to back LSM-213, LSM-209, LSM-17 and five additional LSMs during beaching operations at the Amphibious Training Base Camp Bradford, VA., 30 September 1944. Note the tank in the well deck of LSM-213.
    US Navy photo # 266168.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-17 74k LSM-17 and LSM-479 in French service, underway off San Diego, CA. circa April 1954. Photo by Ted Stone USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-17 85k LSM-17 and LSM-479 in French service, underway off San Diego, CA. circa April 1954. Photo by Ted Stone USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-17 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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