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LSM-172


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


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-172, 20 September 1944, LTjg. Clarence Shapiro, USNR, in command
  • During WWII LSM-172 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 9 May 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold 28 February 1948 to Paul P Noyes, San Francisco, CA., fate unknown
  • LSM-172 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-172 59k LSM-172 launching, 20 July 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-172 63k LSM-172 underway, date and place unknown. Stan Bessmer to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-172 61k LSM-172 underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1045903.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-172 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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