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LSM-54


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
    Specifications:
    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 17k 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 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.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-54 93k 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).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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