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USS LSM-85 transferred to France redesignated L-9051 and later to South Vietnam named Ninh Giang (HQ-403), seized by North Vietnam
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 Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-85, 12 October 1944, LTjg. Bruce G. Dodd, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-85 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 30 July 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Reactivated and transferred, 7 May 1954, to France designated L-9051
  • Returned and transferred in October 1956 to South Vietnam, renamed Ninh Giang (HQ-403)
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, seized, 30 April 1975, by North Vietnam, last reported still active in Vietnamese Navy
  • LSM-85 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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-85
    LSM-85 96k LSM-85 alongside another ship probably for refueling, date and place unknown. Raymond G Gillis USS LSM-539
    LSM-85 104k LSM-85 preparing to cast off from another ship, date and place unknown. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM/LSMR Association
    LSM-85 90k LSM-85 after casting off from an unidentified ship she falls astern of the other ship as the latter picks up speed, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-85 60k LSM-85 underway, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-348 76k LSM-85 and LSM-348 entering the Advanced Base Dock ABSD-6 at Guam, Marianas, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-85 52k LSM-85 in San Francisco Bay, 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 81019 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    RFS L-9051
    LSM-85 55k ex LSM-85 in service as the French L-9051, 13 July 1954, place unknown. .
    Ninh Giang (HQ-403)
    LSM-85 50k ex LSM-85 in service as South Vietnamese Ninh Giang (HQ-403) beached, circa 1960s, place unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 93785 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    LSM-85 16k ex LSM-85 in service as South Vietnamese Ninh Giang (HQ-403), date and place unknown. .
    LSM-85 121k ex LSM-85 in service as South Vietnamese Ninh Giang (HQ-403) © Richard Leonhardt
    LSM-85 174k ex LSM-85 in service as South Vietnamese Ninh Giang (HQ-403) © Richard Leonhardt
    LSM-85 69k ex LSM-85 in South Vietnamese service as Ninh Giang (HQ-403), Nha Be, RVN, October 1971 © Richard Leonhardt

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-85 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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