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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 30 June 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 21 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-55, 21 August 1944, LTjg. Ben Dyer, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-55 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Thirteen, LCDR. C. L. Weigle USN (27);
    LSM Group Thirty-Nine, LCDR. J. M. Rose;
    LSM Division Seventy-Eight and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto 2 April to 17 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-55 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    22 September 1945 to 4 May 19465 to 26 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 26 May 1946, at Shanghai, China and transferred the same day to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (UNRRA) in demilitarized status
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 December 1946
  • USS LSM-55 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • 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)
    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-55 156k USS LSM-55 moored on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, circa 18 May to 2 June 1946. The ship was demilitarized and transferred to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (UNRRA). USS LSM-55 is seen in this photo with at least six other LSMs, all unidentified at this time.
    Photo courtesy Mr. Jack Christensen USS LSM-55
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-55 162k USS LSM-55 at decommissioning, 26 May 1946, on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China.
    Photo courtesy Mr. Jack Christensen USS LSM-55
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-55 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Dyer, Ben, USNR21 August 1944 - 18 November 1945
    02LTjg. Weber, Robert E., USNR18 November 1945 - 12 April 1946
    03LTjg. Lucas, Kenneth C., USNR12 April 1946 - 26 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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