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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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched (date unknown)
Commissioned USS LSM-50, 9 August 1944, LT. John C. Rogers, Jr., USNR in command
During World War II LSM-50 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Decommissioned, 19 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Sold, 14 August 1947, to Indian River Lines Inc., Wilmington, DE., for conversion to a barge
Final Disposition, fate unknown
LSM-50 earned three battle stars for World War II service
- Luzon operation;
(a) Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
- Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines;
(a) Visayan Island landings, 26 to 28 March 1945, and 2 April 1945
(b) Palawan Islands landings, 28 February 1945
- Borneo operation;
(a) Brunei Bay operation, 10 to 14 June 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" o.a.
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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||LSM-50, LSM-259, LSM-26 and an unidentified LSM beached probably in the Philippines, date and place unknown. Note the local population going about their business on the beach oblivious to the US Navy's presence.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-50, LST-595 and LSM-128 beached at Labuan Island, Borneo, 10 June 1945, after disembarking Australian forces for Operation "Oboe 6" during the Brunei Bay operation.
Australian War Memorial photo # OG2909A.
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The DANFS history extract for LSM-50 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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Last Updated 30 September 2005
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