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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, LTjg. George 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:
|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 1945||2 September to 4 November 1945
Decommissioned, 4 March 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, 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
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
USS LSM-86 earned one battle star for World War II service
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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)
||Ex-USS LSM-086 underway as the Argentine navy ARA BDM No.2 date and location unknown. Photo from histarmar.com
||ARA BDM No.2 beached with Argentine Marines coming ashore, date and location unknown. Photo from histarmar.com
||ARA Corrientes (Q70) underway, circa 1951, location unknown
||ARA Corrientes (Q70) beached with bow doors open, date and location unknown. Photo from histarmar.com
The DANFS history extract for LSM-86 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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