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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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LSM-427 was sold to the Republic of China
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 22 November 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 6 January 1946
  • Commissioned USS LSM-427, 2 February 1945, LT. Don L. Garver USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-427 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Thirteen, LCDR C. L. Weigle USN (27);
    LSM Group Thirty-Nine, LCDR. J. M. Rose;
    LSM Division Seventy-Eight;
  • Following World War II USS LSM-427 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 12 January to 19 July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 16 August 1946, at NOB Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 13 February 1948, to Republic of China
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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-427 57k LSM-427 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 6 January 1946. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-427 79k USS LSM-427 beached with two other LSMs as they off load trucks and other equipment, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-427 65k USS LSM-427 under way in Gatun Lake while transiting the Panama Canal, date unknown. Note: the dredge in the background. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-453 63k USS LSM-453, USS LSM-427, and an unidentified LSM and LST beached on a seaplane ramp in Japan while loading/off loading equipment and supplies while performing occupation duty, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-453 68k

    The history extract for USS LSM-427 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Garver, Don L., USNR2 February 1945 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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