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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 (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citaton - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 22 June 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 14 July 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-53, 16 August 1944, LT. Arthur H. Nelson USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-53 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
|Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
Palawan Islands landings, 28 February to 1 March 1945
Visayan Island landings, 18 to 19 March, and 26 March to 1 April 1945
|Manila Bay - Bicol operations
Nasugbu, 31 January 1945
Brunei Bay operation, 10 to 14 June 1945
Decommissioned, 15 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-53 earned four battle stars for World War II service
Sold, 14 August 1947, to Indian River Lines Inc., Wilmington, DE., converted to a barge
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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-53 beached at Leyte, P.I., date unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-53 and USS LSM-65 beached at Mindoro, P.I. circa February 1945.
Photo courtesy Rene J. Fournier USS LSM-54
||USS LSM-53 on the beach unloading at Brunei Bay, Borneo, 10 June 1945.
Photo from the George F. Crouse Collection, photo No, a28a.
|Submitted by Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his deceased father
George F. Crouse who served as a MoMM/1 USS LSM-52
||Australian Army 214 Pioneer Battalion soldiers, with the help of US Navy sailors, unload USS LSM-53 on the beach at Labaun Island, 11 June 1945.
US Army Signal Corps. photo # SC 209754 by Heller, from the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LSM-53 together with an unidentified LSM in the locks in the Panama Canal, date unknown.
||Bob Magnuson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-53 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Nelson, Arthur H., USNR||16 August 1944 - ?|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
USS LSM-LSMR Association
Last updated 19 May 2017
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