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USS LSM-276 was transferred to South Vietnam and named RVNS Hau Giang (HQ-406) later acquired by North Vietnam
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-276, 16 October 1944, LT. James E. Hemsworth, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-276 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LSM-267 performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • Decommissioned, 21 September 1947
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred in March 1963, to South Vietnam and named RVNS Hau Giang (HQ-406)
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, scuttled early May 1975, near Ben Tre Port, South Vietnam by South Vietnamese forces to prevent capture, raised, February 1977, by North Vietnam, refitted for service
  • Decommissioned by North Vietnam in late 1989 and discarded in 1990
    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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    USS LSM-276
    LSM-482/276/167 63k LSM-276, LSM-482 and LSM-167 being moved together while coming alongside either a repair ship, or a pier, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-482/276/167 73k LSM-276, LSM-482 and LSM-167 alongside either a repair ship, or a pier, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-276 101k LSM-276 conning tower, date and place unknown. Note the painting on the conning tower of an outhouse on a raft. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-116/276 48k LSM-276 and LSM-116 beached, at Wakayama, Japan, while performing occupation duty, September 1945. US Navy photo by H. E. Freeman PhM/1c, LSM-116 now in the collection of Robert C. Lozmack, BM/2c, LSM-116 and LSM-467
    LSM-276 58k LSM-276 underway in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 81026 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    RVNS Hau Giang (HQ-406)
    LSM-276 47k ex LSM-276 seen here in South Vietnamese service as Hau Giang (HQ-406) © Richard Leonhardt
    LSM-276 56k ex LSM-276 seen here in South Vietnamese service as Hau Giang (HQ-406) at Nha Be, RVN, November 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    LSM-276 59k ex LSM-276 seen here in South Vietnamese service as Hau Giang (HQ-406) moored pierside in South Vietnam, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-276 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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