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USS LSM-301


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - India - November
NVIN

USS LSM-301 also transferred to Greece and named Aktion (N-04)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


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-301, 1 January 1945, LTjg. Leonard P. Slutz, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-301 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Sixteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Six;
    LSM Division Ninety-TwoDecommissioned, 23 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 December 1952
  • Authorized for conversion in FY 1953 to a Coastal Mine Layer for the Greek Navy at Ira S. Bushey & Sons Inc., Brooklyn, NY
  • Conversion begun 27 February 1953, completed 20 November 1953
  • Transferred, 1 December 1953, to Greece, and commissioned into the Greek Navy as Aktion (N-04)
  • Reclassified by the US Navy, as MMC-6, 1 October 1960
  • Final Disposition, scrapped by the Greek Navy in late 2000
    LSM Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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 AA gun
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity
    five medium or three heavy tanks or
    six LVT's, or nine DUKW's
    Troop Capacity
    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 propellers
    Endurance, 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

    MMC Specifications modifications:
    Displacement 1,110 t.(fl)
    Draft 8' 3" (max.)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (design)
    Complement 65

    Armament
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts

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    LSM-300 75k USS LSM-301 commissioning 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; Lieutenant (jg) 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, US[N], 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; Ensign 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
    HNS Aktion (N04)
    LSM-301 33k Ex-LSM-301 / MMC-6 in Greek service as minelayer HNS Aktion (N-04) underway, date and location unknown. circa 1954.
    Official Hellenic Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-301 61k HNS Aktion (N-04) underway, date and location unknown.
    Official Hellenic Navy photo
    Tony Vrailas
    LSM-301 87k HNS Aktion (N-04) underway, date and location unknown.
    Official Hellenic Navy photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-301 96k HNS Aktion (N-04) underway with gun crews preparing to fire the twin 40mm Bofor guns, circa 1986.
    Official Hellenic Navy photo
    Tony Vrailas
    Ex-HNS Aktion (N-04) (ex USS LSM-301) being dismantled at at Perama near Piraeus, Greece, 22 May 2013
    Photos by George Haralampides
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    The DANFS history for LSM-301 is based on an extract from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9), and The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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