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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, 18 October 1944, at U.S. Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 19 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-300, 1 January 1945, ENS. Richard C. Ashman USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-300 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Sixteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Six;
    LSM Division Ninety-Two
  • Following World War II USS LSM-300 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 November 1945 to 11 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 19 August 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, November 1958, to Kent Line Ltd., St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, 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-300 75k USS LSM-300 christening ceremony official party at US Navy Yard Charleston, Charleston, S.C., 19 November 1944. OFFICIAL NAVY CAPTION READS "CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan 1 1945 --A Charleston Navy Yard worker's wife and a woman employee of the yard sponsored two landing ships at the christening and commissioning ceremonies at the yard today. [Principal] participants in the ceremonies were (left to right) Mrs Elizabeth Scarborough, of 7-D Cromwell Street, Charleston, a yard sheet metal employee who presented flowers to the sponsor of the LSM 301; Miss Mary Ruth Moore of 180-C Queen Street, Charleston, maid-of-honor of the LSM 301; LTjg. Leonard D Slutz, of 601 Crown Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, who assumed command of the LSM 301; Mrs William M. Moore of 180 Queen Street Charleston, sponsor of LSM 301; Rear Admiral Jules James, USN, Commandant of the navy yard and the Sixth Naval District, who presided over the ceremonies; Miss Ethelyn Rast, of 36 Clements Ferry Road, Navy Yard S.C., a personnel clerk in the yards Supply Department, sponsor of the LSM 300; ENS. Richard C. Ashman, USN, of 2428 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, California, formerly of Somerville, Mass. who took command of LSM 300; Miss Lenora Rast, of Holly Hill, S.C., maid of honor to her sister, Miss Ethelyn Rast; Miss Mary Griffin, of Summerville, S.C., a yard Supply Department employee, who presented flowers to Miss Ethelyn Rast; and Chairman D.M. Zeigler, of the Central Shop Committee, representing yard workers, who presented a silver gift to each sponsor. Ethelyn Rast Kay
    LSM-300 103k Miss Ethelyn Rast commissioning USS LSM-300 at US Navy Yard Charleston, Charleston, S.C., 19 November 1944, holding the flowers is her maid of honor and sister Miss Lenora Rast. Ethelyn Rast Kay
    LSM-300 90k USS LSM-300 moored, date and location unknown. Hugh S. Borthwick to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-300 55k USS LSM-300 and USS LSM-495 moored in Mobile Bay, AL., July 1946. Jake Hershey USS LSM-495

    The history extract for USS LSM-300 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Ashman, Richard C., USN1 January 1945 - ?

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