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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)
    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-163 157k 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. Dale Hargrave
    LSM-163 134k USS LSM-163 and USS LSM-325 under way, date and location unknown. Bob Lytle to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-163 56k USS LSM-163 at Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, 4 May 1946. Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 184

    The history extract for USS LSM-163 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Johnson, Robert Wilson, USNR22 August 1944 - 7 November 1945
    02LTjg. Smith, Donald M., USNR7 November 1945 - February 1946
    03LTjg. Rouse Jr., Arvad M., USNRFebruary 1946 - 21 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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