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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, 13 December 1944, at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL.
  • Launched, 31 March 1945 Commissioned USS LSM-353, 28 April 1945, LT. Everett C. Flettis USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-353 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Sixteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Seven;
    LSM Division Ninety-Three
  • Following World War II USS LSM-353 was assigned Occupation service in the Far East from 1 to 27 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 31 March 1947, at NOB Guam, Marianas Islands
  • Demilitarized and loaned, 31 March 1947, to Pollock Stockton Co.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold in 1949 and converted to a barge, named Rincon
  • Final Disposition, 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-353 135k USS LSM-353 crew at NAB Little Creek, VA., April 1945 prior to leaving to commission the ship.
    The back of the photo identifies the following individuals--Back Row left to right, 3rd from left-Robertson, CA., 4th-Olan Ziegler, OH., 7th-Manelis, 9th-Leach, OH., 12th-Warsing, PA., 18th-Harrington, 23rd-Early, 24th-Bugno, 26th-Hagie, 27th-Zicco
    Middle Row, 4th from left-LT. Flettis, 7th-, Awkard, Eng. Off., 11th-Chief MoMM Bradshaw.
    Front Row, 2nd from left-Wright, 3rd-Stephenson, 4th-Gambino, 7th-Gaiener, 8th-Murphy
    Olan Zigler MoMM2/c USS LSM-353
    LSM-353 55k USS LSM-353 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-353 54k
    LSM-353 142k USS LSM-353 beached at Luzon, Philippine Islands, 15 October 1945 William Palmer for his father Nicholas Palmer USS LSM-443
    LSM-353 79k USS LSM-353 beached at Sasebo, Japan, November 1945. Olan Zigler MoMM2/c USS LSM-353
    LSM-353 190k USS LSM-353 engineers, February 1946. Olan Zigler MoMM2/c USS LSM-353
    LSM-353 88k USS LSM-353 at San Diego, CA., February 1946 Olan Zigler MoMM2/c USS LSM-353
    LSM-152 61k USS LSM-353 is in the background of this photo of USS LSM-152 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-353 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Flettis, Everett C., USNR28 April 1945 - ?

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