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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
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 (date unknown) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-279, 31 October 1944, ENS. Paul M. Jones, USN, in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-279 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945
  • Following World War II USS LSM-279 performed occupation duty in the Far East including service in China
  • Decommissioned, 26 July 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, 28 February 1948, to O.W. Dyer, Sr., Houston, TX, and C.L. Cannon, San Diego, CA., fate unknown
  • USS LSM-279 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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-279 73 USS LSM-279 moored outboard of an unidentified LSM with USS LSM-391 inboard and USS LSM-251 outboard moored forward of USS LSM-279 at Tientsin, China, October 1945. Richard Schatz MoMM3/c USS LSM-279 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-279 61k USS LSM-279 beached on the north side of the Hai Ho (River) at Taku, China, Sunday, 11 November 1945. Even though LSM-279 had a flat bottom, her screws struck many logs and rocks in the river. The ship was beached so that at low tide the ship would be high and dry and the screws could be changed. However, when daylight came and the ship was high and dry, two Chinese junks were also alongside. They both had Chinese prostitutes on board. The Captain said, "No use in anyone getting hurt, throw down a couple of ladders." Richard Schatz MoMM3/c USS LSM-279 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-279 65k USS LSM-279 entering floating drydock USS ABSD-6 at Guam, Marianas Islands for repairs, 15 January 1946.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-37967 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Richard Schatz MoMM3/c USS LSM-279 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-279 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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