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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 LSM-96 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Following World War II LSM-96 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China service
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
Final Disposition, fate unknown.
USS LSM-96 earned one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 March to 30 June 1945
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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||LSM-96 and LSM-391 beached at Okinawa, 20 September 1945.
||Daniel Matheny to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||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
||USS LSM-96 underway, date and location unknown.
a Ted Stone photograph.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS 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).
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