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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down (date unknown) at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
Launched (date unknown)
Commissioned USS LSM-421, 24 December 1944, LTjg. Kimball Penny, USN in command
During World War II LSM-421 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Decommissioned 24 October 1946
Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Final Disposition, sold in December 1958, to Fleet Storage Co., New York, NY, fate unknown
LSM-421 received one battle star for World War II service
- Okinawa Gunto operation;
(a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 18 May 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t.(landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6"
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 single 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
Troop Accommodations 2 officers, 46 enlisted
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
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||LSM-421 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., date unknown.
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||LSM-421 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
US Navy photo # NH 83273 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1975.
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The DANFS history extract for LSM-421 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
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Last Updated 9 July 2004
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