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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)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 25 October 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 7 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-286, 20 December 1944, LTjg. George D. Lachance USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-286 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eleven;
    LSM Group Thirty-Two;
    LSM Division Sixty-Three
  • Following WWII USS LSM-286 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 September 1945 to 24 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold in January 1947 to Russel B. Steams and Ralph Hornblower, Boston, MA., fate unknown
    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-286 66k USS LSM-286 underway, date and location unknown. Donald Nash to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-286 114k USS LSM-286 beached at Wakayama, Japan, 7 November 1945. Lee Woodsmall to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-497 50k USS LSM-286 and sixteen additional LSMs moored at Apra Guam, waiting for orders to return to the United States, January 1946. Other LSMs that can be identified are USS LSM-497, USS LSM-64, USS LSM-203, USS LSM-219, USS LSM-68. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-286 46k USS LSM-286 under way in San Francisco Bay, 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 81027, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-286 182k USS LSM-286 beached, date and location unknown. Personalized photo belonging to Robert Hay F1/c USS LSM-286 Tommy Trampp

    The history extract for USS LSM-286 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. LaChance, George Donat., USN20 December 1944 - 17 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945

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