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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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
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)
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-54 beached, during the Luzon operation, circa January 1945.
||Ronnie Ward for his father Durward Joiner Ward, Coxswain USN USS LSM-259
||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
||Japanese prisoners disembarking from USS LSM-68 and USS LSM-54 at Leyte, 20 October 1945.
||BUCS (SCW) Roy Fessenden, US Navy Seabees, Ret.in memory of my Father, E.J. "Buck" Fessenden, MoMM1/c, USS LSM-68
||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).
|01||LT. Newborg, Donald L., USNR||17 August 1944 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
USS LSM-LSMR Association
Last updated 19 May 2018
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