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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 Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

USS LSM-54 was transferred to South Korea
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 22 June 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX,, (date unknown)
  • Launched, 14 July 1944
  • Commissioned, 17 August 1944, USS LSM-54, 17 August 1944, LT. Donald L. Newborg USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-54 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Borneo operation
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 to 14 June 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Nasugbu, 31 January 1945
    Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
    Palawan Islands landings, 28 February 1945
    Visayan Island landings, 18 to 26 March 1945

  • 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
  • USS LSM-54 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1984
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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-54 17k USS LSM-54 beached, during the Luzon operation, circa January 1945. Ronnie Ward for his father Durward Joiner Ward, Coxswain USN USS LSM-259
    LSM-54/65/LCI-963 38k USS LSM-65, USS LSM-54 and USS 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.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-68 96k Japanese prisoners disembarking from USS LSM-68 and USS LSM-54 at Leyte, 20 October 1945. BUCS (SCW) Roy Fessenden, US Navy Seabees, memory of my Father, E.J. "Buck" Fessenden, MoMM1/c, USS LSM-68
    LSM-68 197k
    LSM-54 93k USS LSM-54 under way, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-54 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Newborg, Donald L., USNR17 August 1944 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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