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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (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-153 was transferred to the Republic of China, seized by the Peoples Republic of China
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 15 May1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 3 June1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-153, 22 July 1944, LT. Albert F. Porretto USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-153 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla One, LCDR. H.B. Taliaferro, USN (28);
    LSM Group One, LCDR. F. L. O'Leary, USNR;
    LSM Division One and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-153 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal Medal
    2 September 1945 to 4 June 19462 September 1945 to 4 June 1946
  • Decommissioned, 4 June 1946, at Shanghai, China and transferred the same day to the Republic of China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-153 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Seized in October 1949 by forces of the Peoples Republic of China, last reported as active in the PRC Navy in 1980
  • 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 General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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-153 70k Left to right; Unidentified LSM, USS LSM-153 and USS LSM-351 rafted after decommissioning, at Shanghai, China, circa early June 1946. Ens. Raymond F. Adams, USNR Engineering Officer USS LSM-153

    The history extract for USS LSM-153 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Porretto, Albert F., USNR22 July 1944 - 20 December 1945
    02ENS. Baran, John A., USNR20 December 1945 - 4 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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