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USS LSM-391


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)



USS LSM-391 was transferred the Republic of China Navy and seized by the People's Republic of China
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 28 November 1944, at U.S. Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 17 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-391, 8 February 1945, LT. John H. Libaire USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-391 was assigned to the Asiatic Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty-One;
    LSM Division Eighty-One
  • Following World War II USS LSM-391 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 September 1945 to 13 May 1946 
    30 September 1945 to 13 May 194630 September 1945 to 13 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 13 May 1946, and transferred the same day to the Republic of China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Seized, October 1949, by Communist forces, last reported active in Peoples Republic of China Navy, in 1980
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    Armament
    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)
    Propulsion
    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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    By
    LSM-396 88k USS LSM-308, and
    USS LSM-396 at the fitting out piers at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. Other ships in this photo include:
    USS LSM-309,
    USS LSM 389,
    USS LSM-390,
    USS LSM-391,
    USS LSM-392,
    USS LSM-393,
    USS LSM-394,
    USS LSM-395,
    USS LSM-397,
    USS LSM-398,
    USS Ray K. Edwards (APD-96),
    USS Arthur L. Bristol (APD-97),
    USS Truxton (APD-98)
    and
    USS Upham (APD-99).
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo # 132-46, dated 10 January 1945.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-201/391 and LST-807 142k Marines unload supplies from USS LSM-201 and USS LST-807, and other amphibious warships beached at Iwo Jima on D-Day, 15 February 1945.
    US National Archives
    photo # NWDNS-26-G-4098
    .
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-391 84 USS LSM-391 and USS LSM-96 beached at Okinawa, 20 September 1945. Daniel Matheny to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-391 79 USS LSM-391 moored pierside in China, 1945. James Hanrahan to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-391 84 USS LSM-391 moored pierside at Hai Ho, China while in transit to Tientsin, China, late 1945. Daniel Matheny to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-279 73 USS LSM-391 moored inboard of USS LSM-251 and forward of USS LSM-279 and an unidentified LSM at Tientsin, China, October 1945. Richard Schatz MoMM3/c USS LSM-279 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-431 74k USS LSM-431 and USS LSM-391 moored pierside at Taku, China, March 1946. Henry S. Kehrli FC3/c & RdM2/c USS LSM-431

    The history extract for USS LSM-391 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Libaire, John H., USNR8 February 1945 - ?

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