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USS Chariton River (LSMR-407)
USS LSM(R)-407 (1948 - 1955)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LSM(R)-401 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 22 January1945, at US Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 12 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-407, 9 May 1945, LTjg Robert C. Van Vleck, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 10 February 1947, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named Chariton River LSMR-407, 1 October 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1958
  • Final Disposition, sold in 1960, to Tacoma Tug & Barge Co., Tacoma, WA. and converted to a barge, fate unknown
    light 758 t.
    attack 994 t.
    fully loaded 1,084 t.
    Length 203' 6" o.a.
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft 7' 2' (lim)
    Speed 12.6 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 133
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm gun mounts
    four twin 20mm gun mounts (after Korean War)
    ten twin tube continuous loading 5" spin stabilizer rocket launchers (two removed after Korean War)
    four 4".2 mortars (removed after Korean War)
    two .50 cal machine guns on the forecastle
    two .30 cal machine guns on the bridge wings.
    Armor 10-lb. STS on conning station, pilot-house, radio room, radar plot, and rocket control, 10-lb. ASPP around 40 and 20mm gun mounts and directors
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    two General Motors 16-287A (non-reversing with airflex clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin screws 2,800 shp

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    LSM(R)-407 399k Official Launching Party for the dual launching of USS LSM(R)-407 and USS LSM(R)-408 at Charleston Navy Yard, 12 February 1945. From left to right;
    William M. Zeigler, Chairman, Charleston Navy Yard Central Shop Committee
    Miss Elizabeth Slaughter - Flower Girl to Mrs. J.E. Hunt
    Mrs. Clarence Slinn -Matron of Honor LSM(R)-407
    CAPT. J.E. Hunt SC USN, Supply Officer, Charleston Navy Yard
    Mrs. J.E. Hunt LSM(R)-407 Sponsor
    RADM. Jules James USN, Commandant 6th Naval District and Commanding Officer Charleston Navy Yard
    Mrs E.C. Seibert -Sponsor LSM(R)-408
    CAPT. E.C. Seibert, CEC USN Public Works Officer Charleston Navy Yard
    Mrs L.L. Furnell -Matron of Honor LSM(R)-408
    Mrs Mantine N. Thompson -Flower Girl LSM(R)-408)
    Dell Fortune
    LSM(R)-407 98k USS LSM(R)-407 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM(R)-407 47k USS LSM(R)-407 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1045160
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for Chariton River LSM(R)-407 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

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