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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)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 23 January 1945, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
Launched, 10 March 1945
Commissioned USS LSM-437, 31 March 1945, LT. William W. Perkins USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-437 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
LSM Group Forty-Three;
LSM Division Eighty-Five;
Following World War II USS LSM-437 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 September 1945 to 20 July 1946
USS LSM-437 ran aground, 9 October 1945, during Typhoon Louise, at Buckner Bay, Okinawa and was refloated, 15 October 1945
Decommissioned, 11 December 1947, at San Francisco, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 February 1948, to New Orleans Shipwrecking Corp., Chicago, IL.
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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-437 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 10 March 1945.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-437 overhead view under way after World War II.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84896, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1976.
|Bill Greenfied to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-437 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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