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USS Hunting (E-AG-398)
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USS LSM-388 (1945 - 1954)


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, 16 December 1944, at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 6 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-398, 6 August 1945, LT. Louis L. Walters, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-398 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty-Two;
    LSM Division Eighty-Three

  • Converted to a Sonar Research Ship, 1 October 1954
  • Named and Redesignated Hunting (E-AG-398), 13 June 1957
  • Decommissioned, 23 November 1962
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 July 1963, to Commercial Manufacturing Corp. Kansas City, MO., scrapped between 1980 and 1989
    LSM 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)
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    Complement
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armament
    one single bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion
    two General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    twin propellers

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    USS LSM-398
    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-398 57k USS LSM-398 beached, while off loading troops during Exercise "Seminole," near Panama City, FL., circa 1947.
    US Navy photo # NH 91270 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-398 98k USS LSM-398 underway, 29 February 1956, location unknown. Note: in this photo she is in her EAG configuration but still carried on Navy roles as an LSM in 1956. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LSM-398 93k USS LSM-398 underway, date and location unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    USS Hunting (E-AG-398)
    LSM-398 47k USS Hunting (E-AG-398) was converted from USS LSM-398 in 1954 as an experimental ship for testing advance sonar equipment for the Naval Research Laboratory. During her conversion Hunting had an internal well (30" X 12") installed for handling scientific equipment through the center of the ship, a unique feature for US research vessels at the time. Her career unfortunately was plagued by mechanical problems leading to her decommissioning in 1962.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS LSM-398 / E-AG-398 Hunting
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Dickins, Richard Amos, LT
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Walters, Louis L. USNR6 August 1945
    08LT. Thiele, Karl Revereno dates
    09LT. Dickins, Richard Amos1956
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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