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USS LSM-54 was transferred to South Korea
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (3)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX,, (date unknown)
Launched, (date unknown)
Commissioned USS LSM-54, 17 August 1944, LT. Donald Newby, USNR in command
During World War II LSM-54 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Decommissioned, 22 May 1946
Converted to a Mine Force Flagship/Minelayer and loaned to South Korea, 3 May 1956, under the terms of the Security Assistance Program
Sold, outright to South Korea, 14 November 1974
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1984
LSM-54 earned four battle stars for World War II service
- Luzon operation;
(a) Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
- Manila Bay-Bicol operations;
(a) Nasugbu, 31 January 1945
- Consolidation of the southern Philippines;
(a) Palawan Islands landings, 28 February 1945
(b) Visayan Island landings, 18 to 26 March 1945
- 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-54 beached, during the Luzon operation, circa January 1945.
||Ronnie Ward for his father Durward Joiner Ward, Coxswain USN USS LSM-259
||LSM-65, LSM-54 and LCI(L)-963 preparing to beach at Nasugbu, Luzon, P.I., 31 January 1945.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-3153 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
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||LSM-54 underway, date and place unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for LSM-54 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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