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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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LSM-276 was transferred to South Vietnam and named RVNS Hau Giang (HQ-406) later acquired by North Vietnam
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 11 August 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 20 September 1944
  • 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:
    LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22);
    LSM Group Thirty-Five, LCDR. W. K. Bradbury USNR;
    LSM Division Sixty-Nine
  • Following World War II USS LSM-276 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 6 December 1945
  • 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" (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 General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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-276
    LSM-482/276/167 63k USS LSM-276, USS LSM-482 and USS LSM-167 being moved together while coming alongside either a repair ship, or a pier, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-482/276/167 73k USS LSM-276, USS LSM-482 and USS LSM-167 alongside either a repair ship, or a pier, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-276 101k View of USS LSM-276's conning tower, date and location 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 USS LSM-276 and USS 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 USS LSM-276 under way in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 81026, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    RVNS Hau Giang (HQ-406)
    LSM-276 47k Ex-USS LSM-276 seen here in South Vietnamese service as Hau Giang (HQ-406) © Richard Leonhardt
    LSM-276 56k Ex-USS 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-USS 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 history extract for USS LSM-276 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hemsworth, James E., USNR16 October 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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