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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)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 6 June 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 26 June 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-163, 22 August 1944, LT. Robert W. Johnson, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LSM-163 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla One, LCDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
LSM Group Three, (flagship) LCDR. A. K. Ridgway, USNR;
LSM Division Six
Following World War II USS LSM-163 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 28 September to 2 October 1945
Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 February 1948, to New Orleans Shipwrecking Corp., Chicago, IL.
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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||Christening, 26 June 1944, at at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. of LSM-163 at by Miss Mary Ellen Roark, the
granddaughter of two long time shipyard employees.
||USS LSM-163 and USS LSM-325 under way, date and location unknown.
||Bob Lytle to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-163 at Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, 4 May 1946.
||Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 184
The DANFS history extract for LSM-163 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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