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

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 2 October 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 15 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-283, 27 November 1944, LT. Gordon E. Von Kalinowski USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-283 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Five, LCDR. L. Brouwer USN;
    LSM Division Fifty
  • Following World War II USS LSM-283 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    16 September to 10 December 1945 
    4 January to 21 February 19464 January to 21 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 7 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 16 January 1948, to C.T. Smith, The Dallas, OR. for conversion to a barge.
  • Last Known Disposition, sold to Tidewater Barge Line, Vancouver, WA. Renamed Barge # 76, now in use as a tie-off barge
    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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    LSM-283 54k USS LSM-283 under way at Sasebo Harbor, Kyushu, Japan in September 1945. Photo taken from USS LSM-343 Tom O'Connell USS-343 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-283 59k USS LSM-283 under way at Sasebo Harbor, Kyushu, Japan in September 1945. Photo taken from USS LSM-343 Tom O'Connell USS-343 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-283 70k USS LSM-283 coming alongside USS LSM-474 and another LSM at Sasebo Harbor, Kyushu, Japan in September 1945. Steve Messerian the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-283 71k USS LSM-283 at Sasebo Harbor, Kyushu, Japan. 22-24 September 1945. In the background, far right, and just visible, is the bow of USS LSM-80 and to starboard of USS LSM-283 is an unidentified LSM. Photo No. 086, Hugh L. Hudson, Jr., RM/2c, LSM-467, Collection.
    LSM-283 62k Ex-USS LSM-283, Tidewater Barge Line's Barge # 76 now in use as a SPUD-Barge (tie-off barge), March 2003. Photo by Ron Gray/Capt.
    LSM-283 56k Ex-USS LSM-283 side number still visible on her bow after nearly 50 years of use, March 2003. Photo by Ron Gray/Capt.

    The history extract for USS LSM-283 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Von Von Kalinowski, Gordon E., USNR27 November 1944 - March 1945
    02LTjg. Allen, Golden L., USNRMarch 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Howell, Clifford L., USNRDecember 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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