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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LSM-433 was transferred to the Republic of China, seized by People's Republic of China and redesignated Huang Ho
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 28 December 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 12 FEbruary 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-433, 6 March 1945, LT. John Heywood Thomas USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-433 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty-One;
    LSM Division Eighty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LSM-433 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 to 27 September 194528 September 1945 to 25 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Republic of China, 28 January 1947
  • Scuttled in October 1949 by Nationalist China Forces, raised by the People's Republic of China forces and named Huang Ho
  • 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 General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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-432 51k LSM-433 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 12 February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-433 85k USS LSM-433 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Howard Knapp in memory of his father Robert W. Knapp USS LSM-433
    LSM-433 86k USS LSM-433 conning tower Howard Knapp in memory of his father Robert W. Knapp USS LSM-433
    LSM-432 120k USS LSM-433 outboard of LSM-222 while moored pierside in China, location unknown, 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-432 89k USS LSM-433, USS LSM-457 and USS LSM-432 moored pierside at Tientsin, China, 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-433 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Thomas, John Heywood, USNR6 March 1945 - ?

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