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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS LSM-125 was transferred to France, redesignated RFS LSM-9013 returned and transferred to Japan, redesignated JDS LSM-3001
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 4 November 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 25 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-125, 22 December 1944, LTjg. Norman C. Krieger USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-125 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22)
    LSM Group Thirty-four, LCDR. V.W. Webb USNR;
    LSM Division Sixty-Eight and participated in the follow campaign:

    Asiatic Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 April to 18 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-125 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 September to 12 October 1945
    26 October to 8 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 14 October 1950
  • During the Korean War USS LSM-125 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    16 to 18 October 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    24 January to 2 February 1953

  • Decommissioned, 20 January 1954, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA. and transferred to France the same day
  • Commissioned into the French Navy as RFS LSM-9013 for service in the Indo-China War
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 16 July 1956, at NavSta Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Transferred, 18 July 1957, to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, redesignated JDS LSM-3001
  • Returned to US Naval custody in 1974 at NavSta Sasebo, Japan
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-125 earned one battle star for World War II service and two battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 4 October 1977, to Kitajima Shokoi Co., Ltd., Kyushu, Japan, for scrapping
    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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    USS LSM-125
    LSM-125 72k USS LSM-125 beached in the Philippines in 1945.
    Photo by Ens. Butcher USNR USS LSM-125. Note this is a color enhanced version of a black and white photo.
    Gene Brunman USS LSM-125
    LSM-125 56k USS LSM-125 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-125 53k USS LSM-125 moored starboard side to USS LST-572 probably in Japan, circa November 1950 to December 1953. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-125 58k
    LSM-125 88k
    LSM-125 73k USS LSM-125 underway off San Diego, 24 August 1953.
    Photo by Oather Morper.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-125 85k
    LSM-125 55k USS LSM-125 at anchor date and location unknown. Joe Sherill, Sam Morrison to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-125   Mare Island Naval Shipyard Newspaper article "French to Take Over LSM 125 Wednesday," Darryl Baker
    LSM-125 561k Photo of the official party at the transfer of USS LSM-125 to the French Navy, 20 January 1954. Commanding officer of USS LSM-125 LT. H. L. Decker at the podium.
    US Naval Shipyard Mare Island photo
    Darryl Baker
    LSM-125 88k USS LSM-125 crew and French crew at the decommissioning ceremony and transfer to the French Navy, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 20 Jan 1954. Moored forward of USS LSM-125 is USS LST-1148. Note her crew looking on with interest.
    US Naval Shipyard Mare Island photo # NY9 19927-1-54.
    Darryl Baker
    LSM-125 91k USS LSM-125 decommissioning ceremony and transfer to the French Navy, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 20 Jan 1954, lowering of the United States National Ensign.
    US Naval Shipyard Mare Island photo # NY9 19926-1-54.
    Darryl Baker
    RFS LSM-9013
    LSM-125 87k USS LSM-125 decommissioning ceremony and transfer to the French Navy, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 20 Jan 1954, raising of the French flag.
    US Naval Shipyard Mare Island photo # NY9 19925-1-54.
    Darryl Baker
    LSM-125 20k Ex-USS LSM-125 in French naval service as RFS LSM-9013 underway on the CUA CAM (Ha´phong) North Vietnam in June 1954. Georges Demichelis
    JDS LSM-3001
    LSM-125 35k Ex-USS LSM-125 in Japanese naval service JDS LSM-3001 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    LSM-125 92k JDS LSM-3001 underway, circa 1964, location unknown.
    Official Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force photo.
    Robert Hurst

    The history extract for LSM-125 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Krieger, Norman C., USNR22 December 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Reed, R. E., USNRDecember 1945 - July 1946
    03LT. Goodlow, Edmund R., USNRJuly 1946 - September 1946
    04LTjg. Reed, R. E., USNRSeptember 1946 0 18 December 1946
     Decommissioned18 December 1946 - 14 October 1950
    06LT. Decker, Harvey Leroy USN1953 - 20 January 1954
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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