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USS LSM-249


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Echo - Kilo
NVEK
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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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 19456 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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 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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    Propulsion
    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-249 65k 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
    LSM-249 62k USS LSM-249 and USS LSM-367 beached at Okinawa, circa 1 to 3 April 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LST-1138 69k 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 history extract for USS LSM-249 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ayer, Irvin E., USNR30 November 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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