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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
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Korea Service Medal (2)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
USS LSM-355 was transferred to France, redesignated RFS L 9011, later transferred to South Vietnam, named RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400) later transferred to the Philippines, renamed BPR Western Samar (LP-66)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 11 November 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 2 December 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-355, 24 December 1944, LT. J. E. Hemsworth, USNR, in command (May 1945)
During World War II USS LSM-355 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22);
LSM Group Thirty-Five, LCDR. W. K. Bradbury USNR;
LSM Division Sixty-Nine
Following World War II USS LSM-355 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 23 December 1945
Decommissioned, 23 October 1946
Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
Recommissioned, 18 September 1950
During the Korean War USS LSM-355 participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|U.N. Summer-Fall Offensive
1 to 31 October 1952
|Korean Defense, Summer-Fall 1952
12 to 20 November 1952
During the Korean War USS LSM-355 was one of three supply vessels that serviced the various Air Force units scattered between the
Korean peninsula and Japan. Among these units were Detachment 21 of the 618th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron stationed on Tsuchima Island and a Detachment of the
624 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron.
Decommissioned, 11 January 1954
USS LSM-355 earned two battle stars for Korean War service
Transferred, on loan, to France, 18 January 1954, redesignated L 9011
Transferred to South Vietnam in December 1955, commissioned RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400)
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Escaped to Philippines after the fall of South Vietnam government, 30 April 1975
Interned at Subic Bay
Transferred, 17 November 1975, to the Republic of the Philippines, renamed BPR Western Samar (LP-66)
Final Disposition, disposed of by Philippine Navy in 1989, 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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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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||The Industrial Dept. dock at NOB Guam, date unknown. Ships that can be identified include
USS LSM-274 and
USS LSM-171 astern of
US Navy photo # 369940.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-110 and USS LSM-355 in dry dock, Long Beach, CA., circa March 1952 to 22 May, 1952.
Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
||USS LSM-355 underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo # USN 1045158
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-355 beached, date and location unknown.
||Joe Schwerther to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
| RFS L 9011
||Ex-USS LSM-355 in French service as RFS L 9011 alongside USS Algol (AKA-54) in Indo-China waters as they transfer anti-Communist refugees.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine December 1954
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
| RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400)
||ex USS LSM-355, in South Vietnamese service as RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400) Armed Hospital Ship
||RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400) secured outboard of South Vietnamese RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404) ex USS Oceanside (LSM-175) at Nha Be RVN, February1972.
||© Richard Leonhardt
||RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||Ex-USS LSM-355 for sale while in commercial service, date and location in the Philippines, unknown.
The history extract for USS LSM-355 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Hemsworth, J. E., USNR||24 December 1944 - ?|
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