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USS LSM-157


USS LSM-157 was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan), renamed Mei Lo (242)
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)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 19 May 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 19 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-157, 8 August 1944, LTjg. Howard E. Fleming, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-157 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-157 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 27 September 194526 September 1945 to 12 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 12 June 1946, and loaned to the Republic of China the same day, renamed Mei Lo (242)
  • Permanently transferred to the Republic of China, and Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1948
  • Escaped to Taiwan, October 1949
  • Seriously damaged, 8 September 1958, by hostile Communist action off Quemoy Island in the Formosa Straits
  • Final Disposition, destroyed in September 1958 by Communist Chinese artillery fire
  • USS LSM-157 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    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-157
    LSM-157 81k LSM-157 launching, 19 June 1944 at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-157 74k LSM-157 after being launched, 19 June 1944 at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-157 71k USS LSM-157 underway in Charleston Harbor, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-157 93k USS LSM-157 and USS LSM 156 during beaching operations, date and location unknown. Tommy Tramp and
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-157 56k
    LSM-157 56k USS LSM-157 beached at Ie Shima, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-173 100k USS LSM-173 and USS LSM-157 at Tientsin, China. The ship transported US Marines to rescue allied POWs and take the surrender of the Japanese garrison, 1 October 1945.
    Photo from "Life" Magazine, 12 November 1945.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-470/157/390 318k USS LSM-157, USS LSM-470 and USS LSM-390 moored together while performing China Service, 12 March 1946. National Museum of the US Navy
    LSM-157 49k USS LSM-157, USS LSM-470, USS LSM-390 and YOG-62 during China Service, circa 30 September 1945 to 12 June 1946. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LSM-157 49k USS LSM-157 underway, date and location unknown.. Hugh L. Hudson, Jr., RM/2c, USS LSM-467, USS LSM-49, from the Gordon D. Dorian, RM2/c, USS LSM-377 collection.
    Mei Lo (242)
    LSM-157 12k The hulk of ex-LSM-157 which was in service as the Republic of China Ship Mei Lo (242) lies abandoned on the beach at Jinmen, China after being hit by Communist Chinese artillery, 8 September 1958. Photo from Republic of China Navy web site Karl Lemmerman

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-157 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Fleming, Howard E. USNR8 August 1944 - ?
    02LT. Craycroft, T. V. USNRMay 1945

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "The History of the U.S.S. LSM-157" Booklet
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