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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - 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, 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
  • Following World War II USS LSM-380 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    18 July to 24 November 194618 July to 24 November 1946

  • Decommissioned, 25 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
    LSM-380 37k USS LSM-380 underway, date and location unknown. Floyd Holcom
    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 USS LSM-380 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ullrich, John K., USNR10 February 1945 - November 1945
    02LT. Bevan, John H., USNRNovember 1945 - 6 April 1946
    03LT. Frink, Clifford Lewis, USN6 April 1946 - October 1946
    04LTjg. Zavodny, Roland Joseph, USNOctober 1946 - February 1947
    05LTjg. Reynolds Jr., Thomas Christopher, USN (USNA 1945)Februry 1947 - 25 February 1948
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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