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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 (date unknown) 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 LSM-437 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II LSM-437 performed occupation duty
ran aground, 9 October 1945, during a typhoon, 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" o a
Beam 34' 6"
Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2kts. (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-437 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 10 March 1945.
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||LSM-437 overhead view underway after World War II.
US Navy photo # NH 84896 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1976.
|Bill Greenfied to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for 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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Last Updated 16 July 2004
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