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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - 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, LTjg George J. Richter, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-30 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater 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
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LSM-30 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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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    USS LSM-30
    LSM-30 49k USS LSM-30 underway, 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 DANFS 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

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