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USS LSM-45


Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Delta - Kilo
NVDK
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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal



USS LSM-45 was transferred to Greece, and named HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 6 June 1944, at Brown Shipyard Co, Houston TX. (date unknown)
  • Launched, 30 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-45, 31 July 1944, LT. Charles D. Freight USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-45 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and saw service in the Philippines and was later assigned to:
    LSM Flotilla Six, CDR. A. R. Quinn, USN
    LSM Group Sixteen, LCDR. J. T. Brugger Jr. USNR;
    LSM Division Thirty-Six
  • Following World War II USS LSM-45 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 to 22 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 27 March 1947 at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Transferred, 3 Nov 1958 to Greece, renamed HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to the United States to be refurbished as a floating Museum and put on display at Jacksonville, N.C.
  • Final Disposition, museum project failed, sold in 2010 to Justice Marine to be cut down as a barge
    Specifications:
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    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-45
    LSM-5 103k USS LSM-45 in the Philippines, date unknown.. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372, Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-5 80k USS LSM-45 beached at Cebu, P.I., 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-45 50k USS LSM-45 underway, circa 1946, location unknown.
    Photo by ©Atlantic Fleet Sales Co.
    Brian Kirchhoff
    Freedom Park
    LSM-45 64k USS LSM-45 in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH79847. US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.H. McPherson.
    Brian Kirchhoff Freedom Park
    HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161)
    LSM-45 68k Ex USS LSM-45 in Greek service as HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161) LSM/LSMR Association Web Site
    LSM-45 49k HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161) underway, circa 1967, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Potter County 340k Greek amphibious ships moored at the Salamis Naval Base, Greece, 31 August 1979.
    From left to right:
    Ex-USS LSM-399 - HS Ipopliarkhos Roussen (L-164)
    Ex-USS LSM-45 - HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161)
    Ex-USS LSM-102 - HS Ipopliarchos Toyrnas (L-162)
    Ex-USS Potter County (LST-1086) - HS Ikaria (L-154)
    Ex-USS Page County (LST-1076) - HS Kriti (L-171)
    Ex-USS Boone County (LST-389) - HS Lesbos (L-172)
    Ex-USS Bowman County (LST-391) - HS Rodos (L-157)
    Ex-USS LST-325 - HS Syros (L-144)
    Defense Imagery Photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00333 by PHC C. Pedrick USN.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-45 25k Ex-LSM-45 on the Mississippi River, on her way to Freedom Park, Omaha, NE. photo caption reads " At 0945 Greenwich Mean Time, Wednesday, 5 August 1998, all mooring lines from the IPOPLIARKHOS GRIGOROPOULOS (L 161), former USS LSM-45, cast off from the dock at the Hellenic Naval Base, Skaramanga, Greece, and the ship came under the full control of the USS LSM-LSMR ASS'n. She was then made ready for the long trip to Freedom Park, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, where it will represent the Amphibious Ships of World War II." LSM/LSMR Association Web Site
    LSM-45 66k Ex-LSM-45 at Freedom Park, Omaha, NE. circa 2003. Daniel Flanigan
    LSM-45 140k Preservation efforts aboard Ex-LSM-45 at Freedom Park, Omaha, NE. circa early-April 2004.
    1-Stern view before mast removal
    2-Bow view painted only where volunteers could reach with rollers
    3-Ships propellers on the shoreline where they had been placed in 1999
    4-Placing screws in fabricated stands in the well-deck
    5-Unstepping the mast for storage on the well-deck
    6-Placing mast on the well-deck in a fabricated cradle
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-45 122k
    LSM-45 207k
    LSM-45 144k
    LSM-45 90k
    LSM-45 140k
    LSM-45 66k Ex-LSM-45 at Freedom Park, Omaha, NE. circa 2003. Daniel Flanigan
    LSM-45 44k Ex-LSM-45 moored pierside at US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., August 2006. Note the mast has been removed and placed in the well deck. James Tusing

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-45 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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "The Little Gray Ghost on the Carolina Coast" - Beach Carolina Magazine - Thursday, 23 December 2010
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