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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 2 January 1945, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 17 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-434, 13 March 1945, LT. George D. Roth USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-434 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty-One;
    LSM Division Eighty-Three
  • Decommissioned, 19 November 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, date unknown, to Bay City Transportation Co., San Francisco, CA., converted to a barge
  • 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-434 51k LSM-434 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 17 February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-434 94k USS LSM-434 under way, date and location unknown. Overhead view.
    US Navy photo
    Evan Tiberi for his grandfather Loren Young USS LSM-434
    LSM-434 126k USS LSM-434 crew loading Japanese ammunition for dumping at sea while at Jaliut Atoll in September 1945 Evan Tiberi for his grandfather Loren Young USS LSM-434
    LSM-434 55k USS LSM-434 moored outboard in a nest of LSMs, date and place unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-434 208k Ex-USS LSM-434 in service as a barge for the Bay City Transportation Co., San Francisco, CA. moored pierside at Western Pipe & Steel docks in San Francisco, circa 1946. Tommy Trampp

    The history extract for USS LSM-434 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Roth, George D., USNR13 March 1945 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The Photo Collection of Donald K. Wilson
    War History

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