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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)

USS LSM-86 was sold to Argentina and redesignated ARA BDM No.2
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 22 August 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 15 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-86, 13 October 1944, LT. Grover T. Stevens USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-86 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Five, LCDR. L. Brouwer USN;
    LSM Division Forty-Nine and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-86 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 4 November 19452 September to 4 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 4 March 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-86 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 17 February 1948, to Clark Sales Co., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Resold to, 10 September 1948 to Argentina, redesignated ARA BDM No.2
  • During 1968-69 converted to minesweeper support vessel and named ARA Corrientes (Q70)
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Argentine Naval Register, 19 June 1971
  • Laid up in reserve at Buenos Aires
  • Sold to Paraguay, in 1971, helicopter deck added, departed Buenos Aires 1 January 1972 arriving Asuncion 13 January 1972
  • Reflagged Paraguayan
  • Commissioned into the Paraguayan Navy as Boqueron Porta Helicopteros (P-H)
  • Redesignated, 1 April 1975 as command vessel Boqueron (B.C.1)
  • Decommissioned, 21 December 1995
  • Final Disposition, scrapped 2003-04 near Asuncion
    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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    ARA BDM No.2 / ARA Corrientes (Q70)
    LSM-86 116k Ex-USS LSM-086 underway as the Argentine navy ARA BDM No.2 date and location unknown. Photo from Robert Hurst
    LSM-86 114k ARA BDM No.2 beached with Argentine Marines coming ashore, date and location unknown. Photo from Robert Hurst
    LSM-86 121k
    LSM-86 39k ARA Corrientes (Q70) underway, circa 1951, location unknown Robert Hurst
    LSM-86 132k ARA Corrientes (Q70) beached with bow doors open, date and location unknown. Photo from Robert Hurst

    The history extract for USS LSM-86 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Stevens, Grover T., USNR13 October 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Stancl, Warren E., USNRDecember 1945 - 4 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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