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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 19 June 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 11 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-164, 26 August 1944, LT. James A Dowd, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-164 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla One, LCDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28):
    LSM Group One, LCDR. F. L. O'Leary USNR;
    LSM Division One and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 14 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-164 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    4 to 13 September 1945 
    24 September to 30 November 19451 October to 20 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-164 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, December 1946, to A. G. Schoonmaker, New York, NY, 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)
    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-164 168k USS LSM-164 pre-commissioning crew at Amphibious Training Base Little Creek, VA., in 1944 Scott Maynard for his grandfather Wallace P. Maynard USS LSM-164
    LSM-164 64k Champagne bottle holder used to christen USS LSM-164, 26 August 1944, at Charles Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. Scott Maynard for his grandfather Wallace P. Maynard USS LSM-164
    LSM-164 84k USS LSM-164 loading Marines and their gear bound for Tientsin, China in late September 1945, location unknown. George Crowley to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-164 57k USS LSM-164 coming alongside a dock at Tientsin, China, 3 October 1945, to drop off the Marines and their gear. Russell Martin USS LSM-164
    and Mark Nicholas
    LSM-431 58k USS LSM-431, USS LSM-222, USS LSM-164 and LCT-849 at Tientsin, China in September 1945 after bringing Marines from Okinawa for the surrender of North China. Henry S. Kehrli FC3/c & RdM2/c USS LSM-431
    LSM-164 145k USS LSM-164 moored pierside at Tientsin, China, in October 1945 Steve Franklin

    The history extract for USS LSM-164 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Dowd, James A., USNR26 August 1944 - 21 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS LSM-164 Itinerary 26 August 1944 to 26 November 1945
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