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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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down 18 October 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
Launched, 30 November 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-421, 24 December 1944, LTjg. Kimball Penny USN in command
During World War II USS LSM-421 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22);
LSM Group Thirty-Six, LT. V. L. Homer USN;
LSM Division Seventy-Two and participated in the following campaign:
Following World War II USS LSM-421 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 18 October to 26 NOvember 1945
Decommissioned 24 October 1946
Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-421 earned one battle star for World War II service
Sold in December 1958, to Fleet Storage Co., New York, N.Y.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 April to 18 May 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" (ovl)
Beam 34' 6"
light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
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-421 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 30 November 1944.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-421 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83273, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1975.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-421 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LTjg. Penny, Kimball, USN||24 December 1944 - ?|
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