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USS LSM-397


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 - National Defense Service Medal


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 15 December 1944, at US Navy Yard Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 6 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-397, 30 July 1945, LTjg. Royal J. Lee, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-397 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty-Two;
    LSM Division Eighty-Three
  • Following World War II LSM-397 served as a logistics support vessel for Naval Facilities in the Caribbean from May 1954 to February 1958
  • Decommissioned, 24 February 1958, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, November 1958, to Ships Inc., Miami, FL., 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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    LSM-396 88k LSM-308, and LSM-396 at the fitting out piers at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. Other ships in this photo include LSM-309, LSM 389, LSM-390, LSM-391, LSM-392, LSM-393, LSM-394, LSM-395, LSM-397, LSM-398, Ray K. Edwards (APD-96), Arthur L. Bristol (APD-97), Truxton (APD-98) and Upham (APD-99).
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo # 132-46, dated 10 January 1945.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-397 110k USS LSM-397 under way off San Diego, CA., 28 July 1945.
    Photo by Oather Morper.
    Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LSM-397 68k USS LSM-397 stands off shore as VADM Daniel E. Barbey USN COMPHIBLANT watches Marines haul a jeep from the surf after it had been submerged in a practice landing at Little Creek, VA. during Operation "CAMID".
    US Navy # NH 382512 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-397 79k USS LSM-397 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-397 55k USS LSM-397 in the Arctic Ocean, summer-1951, as part of the convoy supporting the building of the US base at Thule Greenland, "Operation Bluejay." USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-397 115k USS LSM-397 alongside General A. W. Greely (T-AP-141), Thule Greenland in 1951,
    US Navy photo # NH 97108 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    LSM-397 89k USS LSM-397 alongside USNS General Stuart Heintzelman (T- AP-159), North Star Bay, Greenland. Note: the specially constructed ramp for transfer of contractor personnel between ships, date unknown)
    US Navy photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-397 61k USS LSM-397 in North Star Bay, Thule, Greenland, during Operation Blue Jay, 19 July 1951.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-397 48k USS LSM-397 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-397 61k US LSM-397 moored at South Beach, Miami, FL., 29 June 1954. Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret) USS LSM-9 and USS LSM-538
    LSM-397/297 58k USS LSM-397 and LSM-297 moored at South Beach, Miami, FL., 29 June 1954. Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret) USS LSM-9 and USS LSM-538
    LSM-397/297 63k USS LSM-297 and USS LSM-397 moored at South Beach, Miami, FL., 29 June 1954. Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret) USS LSM-9 and USS LSM-538

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-397 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
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