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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, 23 December 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 13 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-380, 10 February 1945, LT. John K. Ullrich USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-380 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty, LCDR. O. J. Heggem USNR;
    LSM Division Eighty
  • Decommissioned, 19 February 1948
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 27 February 1948, to Fred Devine, Portland, OR., for conversion to a salvage vessel, named Salvage Chief
  • Current Disposition, Salvage Chief is active in commercial service
    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-380
    LSM-328 53k USS LSM-380 and USS LSM-328 beached at Guam, 1945 Nick Roth to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-380 31k USS LSM-380 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, early-February 1946. Photo by Walter F. Bohls SM2/c USS LSM-118 Jim Bohls
    LSM-380 41k USS LSM-380 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 83272 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M McPherson, 1975.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Commercial Service
    LSM-380 61k Ex-USS LSM-380 in service as the Devine Salvage Co., Salvage Tug Salvage Chief, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-380 60k Astern of Salvage Chief is the towboat Tyee, later renamed Challenger. Photo was taken on the Columbia River and is dated mid-1980s. Photo by Ron Gray / Captain

    The history extract for LSM-380 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Fred Devine Diving and Salvage Co
    The Salvage Chief-Still Going Strong at 70
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