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USS Oceanside (LSM-175)
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USS LSM-175 (1944 - 1959)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - November - Lima
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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal



USS Oceanside (LSM-175) transferred South Vietnam, renamed RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404), later to the Philippines, renamed BRP Batanes (LP65)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 11 July 1944 at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 3 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-175, 25 September 1944, LTjg. Fred G Bartlett, USNR, in command
  • During WWII LSM-175 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater; LSM Flotilla Eight, CDR. H. Doe USN (23); LSM Group Twenty-Two, LCDR. N.E. Fryer Jr. USN (38); LSM Div Forty-Three and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 26 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-175 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 October to 12 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 11 July 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 8 September 1950
  • Decommissioned and placed in service, 30 June 1955 at San Diego, CA.
  • Named USS Oceanside (LSM-175), 14 October 1959
  • Transferred to South Vietnam, 1 August 1961, renamed RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404)
  • The fall of South Vietnam resulted in RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404) escaping, 30 April 1975, to Subic Bay, P.I. where custody was transferred to the Republic of the Philippines, 17 November 1975
  • Custody assumed by the Philippine Navy and renamed BRP Batanes (LP65)
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by Philippines Navy in 1989
  • USS LSM-175 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" o.a.
    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 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-95 115k from left to right USS LSM-273, USS LSM-95, USS LSM-175, USS LSM-212 and an unidentified LSM moored in a nest at Apra Harbor, Guam, 28 November 1945. Don Belcher to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-175 70k USS LSM-175 about to enter the well of USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) in San Diego Bay, Spring-1951. Bob Allport RD2 USS Carter Hall 1950-54
    LSM-547 49k USS LSM-547, USS LSM-175 and USS LST-561 beached, probably in the San Diego Bay area, circa 1950-1955 Tommy Trampp
    LSM-175 87k USS Oceanside (LSM-175) underway off San Diego, CA., date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-175 83k USS Oceanside (LSM-175) underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-175 66k USS Oceanside (LSM-175) underway, date and location unknown. Sam Morison to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404)
    LSM-175 98k Ex-USS Oceanside (LSM-175) in South Vietnamese service as RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404) © Richard Leonhardt
    LSM-175 92k
    LSM-335 66k RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404), secured inboard of RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400) at Nha Be RVN, February1972 ©Richard Leonhardt

    USS LSM-175 / USS Oceanside (LSM-175)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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