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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 20 June 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 16 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-178, 5 October 1944, LTjg. George S. LenFestey, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-178 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LSM-178 performed occupation duty including China service
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold in February 1947 to Joseph and Scott Chotin, New Orleans, LA., fate unknown
    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-178 62k LSM-178 beached, date and place unknown. Kelly Brent to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-178 83k LSM-178 at anchor, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-178 48k LSM-178 moored pierside, date and place unknown. Kelly Brent to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-178 108k LSM-178 moored pierside, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-178 93k LSM-178 moored pierside, somewhere in China, date unknown. Bob Magnuson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-178 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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