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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS LSM-69 was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 21 July 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 14 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-69, 9 September 1944, LT. Ivan V. Merrick USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-69 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eight, CDR. H. Doe USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Two, LCDR. N.E. Fryer Jr. USN (38);
    LSM Division Forty-Three
  • Following World War II USS LSM-69 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    5 to 20 September 194527 December 1945 to 20 January 1946
    8 October to 15 November 194522 March to 19 May 1946
    19 to 21 March 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 19 June 1946, NOB Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register,date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold 13 February 1948, to Nationalist China, 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-69 68k USS LSM-69, USS LSM-324 and USS LSM-228 and two unidentified LSMs beached, date and place unknown. Ray Hinea to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-69 91k USS LSM-69 beached, at Mindoro, P.I., 1945. F. Wisse to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-69 65k USS LSM-69 under way in the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 22 January 1946. F. Wisse to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-69 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Merrick, Ivan V., USNR9 September 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Frey, Marshall R., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Cassell, Norman M., USNRMarch 1946 - 19 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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