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USS LSM-433 was transferred to the Republic of China, seized by People's Republic of China and redesignated Huang Ho
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)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-433, February 1945, LT John Heywood Thomas, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-433 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LSM-433 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China service
  • 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" o.a.
    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 Capacity 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 @ 720rpm, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
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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 LSM-433 moored pierside, date and place unknown. Howard Knapp in memory of his father Robert W. Knapp USS LSM-433
    LSM-433 86k LSM-433 conning tower Howard Knapp in memory of his father Robert W. Knapp USS LSM-433
    LSM-432 120k LSM-433 outboard of LSM-222 while moored pierside in China, place unknown, 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-432 89k LSM-433, LSM-457 and LSM-432 moored pierside at Tientsin, China, 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-433 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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