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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

USS LSM-57 was transferred to South Korea, renamed ROKS LSM-657
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 30 June 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 21 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-57, 18 August 1944, LT. Leland Barrett Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-57 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 17 May 1945

  • For the Okinawa operation USS LSM-57 was under the command of:
    LSM Flotilla Six, CDR. A. R. Quinn, USN
    LSM Group Sixteen, LCDR. J. T. Brugger Jr. USNR;
    LSM Division Thirty-Six
  • Following World War II USS LSM-57 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 October to 3 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Loaned under terms of the Security Assistance Program to South Korea in May 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
  • USS LSM-57 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold outright, to South Korea, 15 November 1974
  • Redesignated by South Korean Navy as LSM-657, circa 1980-1981
  • Current status, 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-57 57k USS LSM-57 under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo by ©Atlantic Fleet Sales Co., Norfolk, VA.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-57 41k USS LSM-57 in San Francisco Bay,1946
    US Navy photo # NH 81018 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.H. McPherson, 1974
    Fred S. Lee, LTjg USS LSM-57 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-136/57/31 146k USS LSM-136, USS LSM-57 and USS LSM-31 probably approaching the beach at Okinawa, circa 1 April to 17 June 1945 Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    LSM-57 81k USS LSM-57 oil painting by Capt. Leland Barrett, Jr. USN. On the beach at Leyte, P.I. (1979) Fred S. Lee, LTjg USS LSM-57
    LSM-57 89k USS LSM-57 crew photo, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Walter Max Fabert USS LSM-57
    Fred S. Lee, LTjg USS LSM-57 for Bob Crossen USS LSM-57
    LSM-57 62k USSLSM-57 crew photo, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Walter Max Fabert USS LSM-57
    Fred S. Lee, LTjg USS LSM-57 for Charles Daley USS LSM-57
    LSM-57 76k USS LSM-57 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-57 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Barrett Jr., Leland, USNR18 August 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Laughlin, Kenneth Wilds, USNDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Vigness, David M., USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    04ENS. Bailey, D. E., USNRJune 1946 - 8 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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