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LSM-171


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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 27 June 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 20 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-171, 14 September 1944, LTjg. Shelton Shefferman, USNR, in command
  • During WWII LSM-171 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Following World War II LSM-171 performed occupation duty in the Far East until decommissioned
  • Decommissioned, 19 June 1946, at NOB Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, scuttled, 18 May 1948, off Subic Bay
  • LSM-171 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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 Capacity 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-171 47k LSM-171 beached at Iwo Jima after the end of WWII. LSM-171 was engaged in transporting supplies and personnel from the Marianas and Chi Chi Jima to Iwo Jima and other islands. Franklin Farlow USS LSM-171
    LSM-171 51k LSM-171 beached at Iwo Jima after the end of WWII. LSM-171 was engaged in transporting supplies and personnel from the Marianas and Chi Chi Jima to Iwo Jima and other islands. Franklin Farlow USS LSM-171
    LSM-274 99k The Industrial Dept. dock at NOB Guam, date unknown. Ships that can be identified include LSM-171 astern of LSM-274 and LSM-355 outboard of LSM-274.
    US Navy photo # 369940.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-171 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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