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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium: Laid down (date unknown) at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-251, 14 December 1944, LT. Randall M. Snow, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-251 was assigned the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LSM-251 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China Service, 30 September to 29 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 22 May 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, donated, 17 February 1948, to Port of Newport Authority, Newport, OR., eventually sold to Humble Oil & Refining Co., and converted to a barge, sunk, 25 November 1961 off Government Point, CA.
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6"
    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 Accommodations 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    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-251 48k LSM-251 moored outboard of LSM-391 pierside at Tientsin, China, October 1945. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-279 73 LSM-251 moored outboard of LSM-391 and forward of LSM-279 and an unidentified LSM at Tientsin, China, October 1945. Richard Schatz MoMM3/c USS LSM-279 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-251 69k LSM-251 underway off San Diego, CA., date unknown, a Ted Stone photo. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-251 51k LSM-251 moored in a nest of eight LSMs, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1046163.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-251 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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