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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 24 February 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 17 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-254, 17 May 1944, LTjg. Harrision K. Brown USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-254 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla One, CDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
    LSM Group One, LCDR. P. L. O'Leary USNR;
    LSM Division Two and participated in the the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 18 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-254 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    10 to 23 September 1945
    7 to 28 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LSM-254 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 20 February 1948, to Harbor Towing Co., Vancouver, Canada, fate unknown
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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-254 117k USS LSM-254 Commissioning party, 17 May 1944. William Humphries for his father Francis Eugene Humphries RM3/c USS LSM-254
    LSM-254 64k USS LSM-254 beached while off loading a medium tank, date and location unknown. William Humphries for his father Francis Eugene Humphries RM3/c USS LSM-254
    LSM-254 51k USS LSM-254 under way, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-14419, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-245 140k USS LSM-254 and USS LSM-245 moored with three unidentified LSMs, date and location unknown. Bill Karosi USS LSM 79

    The history extract for USS LSM-254 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Brown, Harrision K., USNR17 May 1944 - ?

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