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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

USS LSM-313 was transferred to South Vietnam and named RVNS Tien Giang (HQ-405)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 16 March 1944, at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL.
  • Launched, 24 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-313, 25 June 1944, ENS. Charles K. Stein USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-313 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Nine, LCDR. J. A. Moss USN (26);
    LSM Division Eighteen and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-313 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 September to 28 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 6 July 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-313 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred, 20 June 1962, to South Vietnam, named RVNS Tien Giang (HQ-405)
  • Seized, 30 April 1975 by North Vietnam
  • Final Disposition, disposed of in 1990 by Vietnam
    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 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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    USS LSM-313
    LSM-313 72k USS LSM-313 moored pierside, Shiogama, Japan, September 1945 USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-313 83k USS LSM-313 coming alongside USS LSM-184, 15 November 1945 USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-313 78k
    LSM-313 68k
    RVNS Tien Giang (HQ-405)
    LSM-313 98k Ex-USS LSM-313, in South Vietnamese naval service as RVNS Tien Giang(HQ-405) © Richard Leonhardt
    LSM-313 37k RVNS Tien Giang(HQ-405) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    The history extract for USS LSM-313 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Stein, Charles K., USNR25 June 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Erwin Jr., James N., USNRDecember 1945 - 6 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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