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USS LSM-159


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Mike - Foxtrot
NVMF
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
  • Following World War II USS LSM-159 performed occupation duty until departing for NOB Subic Bay for decommissioning
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t.(landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6"
    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 single 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
    Troop Accommodations 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws, Endurance, 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

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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 DANFS 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).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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