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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service (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-96 was transferred to South Korea and redesignated ROCS LSM-656
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 15 September 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 7 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-96, 31 October 1944, LTjg. Herbert A. Plummer USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-96 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eight (flagship), CDR. H. Doe USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Four, LCDR. B. H. Lindman USNR;
    LSM Division Forty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-96 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 28 September 1945 
    29 September to 21 December 194529 September to December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 May 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred, on loan, under terms of the Security Assistance program to South Korea in April 1956
  • Sold outright to South Korea, 15 November 1974, redesignated LSM-656
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
  • USS LSM-96 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, 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-391 84 USS LSM-96 and USS LSM-391 beached at Okinawa, 20 September 1945. Daniel Matheny to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCI(L)-1023 18k USS LSM-96 and USS LSM-285 moored in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, date unknown. Submitted by Brian S. Myers from the collection of his father John H. Myers SM1/c USS LCI(R)-764
    LSM-96 70k USS LSM-96 under way, date and location unknown.
    a Ted Stone photograph.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-96 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Plummer, Herbert A., USNR31 October 1944 - 14 December 1945
    02LTjg. Lonergan, Howard R., USNR14 December 1945 - 26 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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