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USS LSM-285


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Hotel - Foxtrot
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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 Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LSM-285 was transferred to Republic of China and named ROCS Mei Yi
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 18 October 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 30 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-285, 14 December 1944, LTjg. Russell P. Snyder, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-285 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eleven;
    LSM Group Thirty-Two;
    LSM Division Sixty-Three
  • Following World War II USS LSM-285 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    22 to 27 September 1945 
    28 September 1945 - 24 January 194628 September 1945 - 24 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 24 June 1946
  • Transferred the same day to the Republic of China, named ROCS Mei Yi
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Escaped capture by Communist forces in October 1949 by sailing to Taiwan
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1973, by the Taiwanese Navy
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, 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-285 81k USS LSM-285 moored pierside, date and location unknown. John Nesberg to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-285 138k USS LSM-285 at anchor, date and location unknown. Wesley Moure to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-285 79k USS LSM-285, looking forward on the tank deck. USS LSM-285 appears to be at anchor and alongside an LSD, date and location unknown. Richard Stone for his father Richard B. Stone S1/c USS LSM-285.
    LSM-285 531k "Lady Luck" painted on the conning tower of USS LSM-285 by Richard B. Stone S1/c. Richard Stone for his father Richard B. Stone S1/c USS LSM-285.
    LSM-285 57k USS LSM-285's twin bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount Richard Stone for his father Richard B. Stone S1/c USS LSM-285.
    LSM-285 54k Richard B. Stone seated at the USS LSM-285's Radar Equipment. Richard Stone for his father Richard B. Stone S1/c USS LSM-285.
    LSM-285 92k USS LSM-285 crew on the bow ramp, date and location unknown. Richard Stone for his father Richard B. Stone S1/c USS LSM-285.
    LSM-285 118k USS LSM-285 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Richard Stone for his father Richard B. Stone S1/c USS LSM-285.
    LSM-285 59k USS LSM-285 moored pierside, at Tientsin, China, 27 October 1945. John Nesberg to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-285 47k USS LSM-285 enroute to Shanghai, China, circa February 1946. Joel Price for his father ENS. Phil Price USNR, XO LSM-285
    LSM-285 77k Chinese coolies unload LSMs including USS LSM-285, circa February1946. Joel Price for his father ENS. Phil Price USNR, XO LSM-285
    LSM-285 51k USS LSM-285 moored inboard of an unidentified LSM in a Chinese port, circa February 1946. Joel Price for his father ENS. Phil Price USNR, XO LSM-285
    LSM-285 53k USS LSM-285 nested with other LSMs on the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 17 March 1946. Lyle Buske to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCI(L)-1023 18k USS LSM-285 and USS LSM-96 moored in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, date unknown. Submitted by Brian S. Myers from the collection of his father John H. Myers SM1/c USS LCI(R)-764
    LSM-285 43k USS LSM-285 moored with other LSMs and LCTs including USS LCI(L)-614, USS LCI(M)-631, USS LCI(G)-233 and USS LST-1075, date and location unknown. Joel Price for his father ENS. Phil Price USNR, XO LSM-285
    ROCS Mei-Yi
    LSM-285 37k Ex-USS LSM-285 in the Naval service of the Republic of China in commission as ROCS Mei-Yi underway, circa 1947, location unknown. Robert Hurst

    The history extract for USS LSM-285 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Snyder, Russell P. USNR14 January 1944 - ?
    02LTjg. Nyland, Robert, USNR? - 24 June 1946
    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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