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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, LTjg. 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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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-159 beached in Tokyo Bay, 27 September 1945.
||Al Noble to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||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|
||LSMs from left to right:
USS LSM-153, and
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).
|01||LTjg. Kennedy, John, USNR||31 July 1944 - ?|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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