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Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-103, 12 November 1944, LT. Samuel H. Lay, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-103 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
  • Decommissioned, 19 December 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Sold, 5 November 1947, to Southwest Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped 1966
    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
    (as built) one single bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount, four 50. caliber machine guns
    (upgraded one dual bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount, four single 20mm AA 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-103 76k LSM-103 underway during maneuvers in the Chesapeake Bay, circa 1944-45. Practice landings were made in Maryland with aircraft providing close air support. This photo was taken prior to the ship being outfitted with dual 40mm AA guns. LSM-103 was initially employed as an LSM training platform on the East Coast prior to being loaded with 2 14" and one 16" rifle barrels and sent to Pearl Harbor. Photo - Bill McGill to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Caption - Bob Plew SM3/c USS LSM-103
    LSM-103 206k USS LSM-103 beached at Mindanao in 1945 after the end of hostilities. Photo by Louis L. Hall, 124th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Division, US Army Paul Webber
    LSM-103 68k USS LSM-103 drydocked at Alameda, CA., July 1946. Frank Locke to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-103 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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