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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 USS LSM-173 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Six, CDR. A. R. Quinn USN;
LSM Group Eighteen, LCDR. J. M. Fabre, USNR;
LSM Division Thirty-Five and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-173 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 27 September 1945||28 September to 5 December 1945
Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-173 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold 3 November 1947 to Charles Zubik, Pittsburgh, PA., 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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, 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-173 launching, 21 July 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
US Navy photo.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-173 under way, date and location unknown.
||A.M. Hull to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-173 and USS 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.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for LSM-173 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Hull, Alexander M., USNR||20 September 1944 - ?|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
USS LSM-LSMR Association
Last updated 16 June 2017
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