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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 (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

USS LSM-30 was transferred sold to South Korea and redesignated ROKS Ku Moon (LSM-606)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 7 May 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 28 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-30, 3 July 1944, LT. George J. Richter USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-30 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • At Okinawa LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Nine, LCDR. J. A. Moss USN (26);
    LSM Division Seventeen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 8 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 17 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 27 July 1946
  • Transferred, 3 April 1956, on loan, under terms of the Security Assistance Program to South Korea, named and redesignated ROKS Ku Moon (LSM-606)
  • Sold outright, to South Korea, 15 November 1974
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
  • USS LSM-30 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USS LSM-30
    LSM-30 49k USS LSM-30 under way, date and location unknown. Photo by Ted Stone Photography USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-30 52k USS LSM-30 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-30 74k USS LSM-30 coming alongside USS LSM-10, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    ROKS Ku Moon (LSM-606)
    LSM-30 104k Ex-USS LSM-30 in the Republic of South Korea naval service as ROKS Ku Moon (LSM-606), underway, circa 1963, location unknown.
    Official South Korean Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    The history extract for LSM-30 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

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Richter, George J., USNR3 July 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Thornson, Willard Woodrow, USNDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Dantro Jr., Horace F., USNRMarch 1946 - May 1946
    04LTjg. Rand, W. A., USNRMay 1946 - July 1946
    05LTjg. Kite Jr., W. H., USNRJuly 1946 - 27 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

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