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USS LSM-278 was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
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-278, 25 October 1944, Ens. Stanley C. Orr, USN in command
During WWII LSM-278 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Decommissioned, 5 June 1946, at NOB Subic Bay Philippines
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, to the Republic of China, fate unknown
LSM-278 earned one battle star for World War II service.
- Okinawa Gunto operation;
(a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 28 April 1945
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-278 underway, date and place unknown.
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The DANFS history extract for LSM-278 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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Last Updated 21 May 2004
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