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USS LSM-49


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Delta - Sierra
NVDS
Voice Call Sign "Booty Niner"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 14 June 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX., (date unknown)
  • Launched, 7 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-49, 14 August 1944, LT. Richard Greenwood USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-49 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
    LSM Group Thirteen, LCDR. T. F. Griswold USNR;
    LSM Division Twenty-Five and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo JIma, 19 February to 16 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-49 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 16 September to 16 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 May 1946, at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-49 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 20 February 1948, to Nick Bez, Seattle, WA, Resold, 1957 to Canaveral International, Miami, FL, for use as a supply ship for the Eastern Test Range, renamed MV Western Venturer
  • Final Disposition, ran aground in Bahamas, 13 November 1970 and broke up
    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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    LSM-49 179k USS LSM-49 pre-commissioning crew, 24 July 1944, after completing training at NAB Little Creek. They traveled by train to Houston to commission the ship at Brown Shipbuilding Co. Hugh L. Hudson Jr.
    LSM-49 62k USS LSM-49 and USS LSM-141 at Iwo Jima, circa 19 February 1945. Photo by Raymond R. Nase, MoMM3/c, USS LSM-49, USS LSM-467, photo 001
    Contributed by Hugh Hudson
    LSM-49 46k USS LSM-49 beached at Iwo Jima. circa 19 February 1945, with other LSMs including USS LSM-264 in the far distance. Joe Helmstettger to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LST-792 102k USS LSM-49 beached between USS LST-792 and LCT-1269 on the beach at Iwo Jima, circa February-March 1945. Note Mount Surabachi in the background.
    US Marine Corps photo.
    Robert Morrissey
    Duval County 188k USS LSM-49 and USS LST-758 beached at Iwo Jima during the campaign to capture the island in February 1945. Sandy Molenda for his father LT. Felix J. Molenda, USCG, Commanding Officer USS LST-758
    LSM-49 68k USS LSM-49 seen here departing Iwo Jima for Philippines, circa 16 March 1945. Photo taken from another LSM. Note port side damage. Photo by Raymond R. Nase, MoMM3/c, USS LSM-49, USS LSM-467, photo 002
    Contributed by Hugh L. Hudson Jr.
    LSM-49 122k USS LSM-49 fully loaded, circa November 1945, Philippines. Photo by Raymond R. Nase, MoMM3/c, USS LSM-49, USS LSM-467, photo 010
    Contributed by Hugh L. Hudson Jr.
    LSM-49 118k USS LSM-49 with Filipino troops aboard, circa November 1945, Philippines.. Photo by Raymond R. Nase, MoMM3/c, USS LSM-49, USS LSM-467, photo 010
    Contributed by Hugh L. Hudson Jr.
    LSM-49 130k Filipino boys chipping paint on USS LSM-49, circa November 1945, Philippines.. Photo by Raymond R. Nase, MoMM3/c, USS LSM-49, USS LSM-467, photo 010
    Contributed by Hugh L. Hudson Jr.
    LSM-49 159k USS LSM-49 on the left with another LSM beached at Saipan, date unknown. Photo by Raymond R. Nase, MoMM3/c, USS LSM-49, USS LSM-467, photo 008
    Contributed by Hugh L. Hudson Jr.
    LSM-49 201k USS LSM-49 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Photo by Raymond R. Nase, MoMM3/c, USS LSM-49, USS LSM-467, photo 007
    Contributed by Hugh L. Hudson Jr.
    LSM-293 70k USS LSM-293, USS LSM-141, USS LSM-49 and USS LSM-4 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Merchant Service
    LSM-49 62k Ex-USS LSM-49 in commercial service as MV Western Venturer, 10 December 1962. Western Venturer was under charter to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as a Missile Ranger Tender for NASA at Cape Canaveral. FL. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-49 107k MV Western Venturer, moored pierside, date and location unknown. Anonymous
    LSM-49 113k MV Western Venturer, moored pierside, date and location unknown. Anonymous
    LSM-49 101k MV Western Venturer, moored pierside, date and location unknown. Anonymous

    The history extract for USS LSM-49 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Greenwood, Richard, USN14 August 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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