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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from 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)
USS LSM-249 was transferred to the Republic of China
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 21 August 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
Launched, 15 October 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-249, 30 November 1944, LT. Irvin E. Ayer, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LSM-249 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 Division Forty-Four and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 3 April 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-249 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|20 September to 6 October 1945||6 May to 17 June 1946
|19 October to 16 November 1945||
Decommissioned, 17 June 1946 and transferred the same day to the Republic of China
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LSM-249 earned one battle star for World War II service
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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||USS LSM-249, USS LSM-367, USS LSM-289 and USS LSM-369 approaching the beachhead at Okinawa, circa 1 to 3 April 1945.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-249 and USS LSM-367 beached at Okinawa, circa 1 to 3 April 1945.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LST-1138 anchored at Wakayama, Japan, circa 20 September 1945. In the background is a group of LSMs which includes USS LSM-249.
Photo was taken from USS LST-649.
|Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
The DANFS history extract for LSM-249 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 4 October 2014
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