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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LSM-159 was transferred to the Republic of China
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 29 May 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 16 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-159, 31 July 1944, LT. John Kennedy USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-159 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla One, LCDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
    LSM Group Three, LCDR. A. K. Ridgway, USNR;
    LSM Division Six
  • Following World War II USS LSM-158 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 September 1945 to 1 September 1946
  • Decommissioned, 10 October 1946, at Naval Operating Base Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 13 February 1948, to the Republic of China
  • 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-159 61k USS LSM-159 beached in Tokyo Bay, 27 September 1945. Al Noble to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-159 74k USS LSM-159 and USS LSM-439 moored in a nest with other LSMs at Yokosuka, Japan , 4 July 1946. Richard Pierce to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-154 209k LSMs from left to right:
    USS LSM-154,
    USS LSM-159,
    USS LSM-331,
    USS LSM-333,
    USS LSM-153, and
    USS LSM-280,
    beached at Senami, Honshu Island, Japan, circa late-1945 early-1946.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-159 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kennedy, John, USNR31 July 1944 - 13 November 1945
    02LTjg. Von Albade, Francis J., USNR13 November 1945 - May 1946
    03ENS. Carlson, Millard Alfred, USNR (USNA 1946)May 1946 - September 1946
    04LTjg. Howe, Elmer Charles, USNSeptember 1946 - 10 October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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