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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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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
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
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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||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 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).
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