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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, 26 June 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 21 July 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-173, 20 September 1944, LT. Alexander M Hull, USNR, in command
During WWII LSM-173 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Following World War II LSM-173 performed occupation duty including China service
Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Final Disposition, sold 3 November 1947 to Charles Zubik, Pittsburgh, PA., fate unknown
LSM-173 earned one battle star for World War II service
- Okinawa Gunto operation;
(a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945
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-173 launching, 21 July 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
US Navy photo.
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||LSM-173 underway, date and place unknown.
||A.M. Hull to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-173 and LSM-157 at Tientsin, China. The ship transported US Marines to rescue allied POWs and take the surrender of the Japanese garrison, 1 October 1945.
Photo from "Life" Magazine, 12 November 1945.
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The DANFS history extract for LSM-173 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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Last Updated 12 March 2004
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