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USS LSM-431 was transferred to the Republic of China and redesignated ROCS Mei Tseng
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 14 December 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 2 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-431, 25 February 1945, LT. Caleb Ringle, Jr., USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-431 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS LSM-431 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China Service
  • Decommissioned, 14 September 1946 and transferred the same day to the Republic of China, named ROCS Mei Tseng
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Escaped to Taiwan, upon the fall of the Republic of China in October 1949
  • Redesignated LSM-344, date unknown
  • Decommissioned by the Taiwanese Navy, 30 June 1972
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1973
    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 twin bow mounted 40mms with a MK51 gun director, four single 20mm deck mounted, and seven .50 cal deck mounted machine guns
    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 General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720 RPM, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12 kts.(928 tons displacement)

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    USS LSM-431
    LSM-431 67k PCO LSM-431 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 2 February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-431 58k USS LSM-431, USS LSM-222, USS LSM-164 and LCT-849 at Tientsin, China in September 1945 after bringing Marines from Okinawa for the surrender of North China. Henry S. Kehrli FC3/c & RdM2/c USS LSM-431
    LSM-431 74k USS LSM-431 and USS LSM-391 moored pierside at Taku, China, March 1946. Henry S. Kehrli FC3/c & RdM2/c USS LSM-431
    ROCS Mei Tseng (LSM-344)
    LSM-431 29k Ex-USS LSM-431 underway while in the Republic of China naval service as ROCS Hei Tseng (LSM-344), date and location unknown.
    Official Republic of China Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1954-55"
    Robert Hurst

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-431 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

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