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LSM-56


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-56, 21 August 1944, LT. Harold Dash, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-56 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 18 March 1946, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Sold, 23 October 1947, to Charles N. Wilson, New Brunswick, Canada and converted to a barge to haul pulpwood
  • Final Disposition, hulk abandoned in Musquash Estuary, New Brunswick, Canada
  • LSM-56 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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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    USS LSM-56
    LSM-56 75k LSM-56 starboard bow view. Underway off Brown Shipbuilding Co. Inc, Shipyard, Houston, TX., circa August 1944. LSM-56 is painted Camouflage Measure 31, Design 10L.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-56 66k LSM-56 port quarter view. Underway off Brown Shipbuilding Co. Inc, Shipyard, Houston, TX., circa August 1944. LSM-56 is painted Camouflage Measure 31, Design 10L.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-56 86k LSM-56 underway, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-56 74k LSM-56 beached, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-56/26 34k LSM-26 and LSM-56 beached at Okinawa, April 1945. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM/LSMR Association
    LSM-56 45k LSM-56 beached, date and place unknown. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM/LSMR Association
    Commercial Service
    LSM-56 6k The hulk of ex-LSM-56 lies abandoned in Musquash Estuary, New Brunswick, Canada, 2004 James Tusing

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-56 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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