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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:
|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 1945||29 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)
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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||USS LSM-96 and USS 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 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).
|01||LTjg. Plummer, Herbert A., USNR||31 October 1944 - 14 December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Lonergan, Howard R., USNR||14 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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