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LSM-440


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, 24 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-440, 17 April 1945, LT Charles K. Morgan, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-440 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
  • Following World War II LSM-440 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China service
  • Decommissioned, 23 June 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 February 1948, to Ashland Oil & Refining Co., Ashland, KY., fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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 Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic 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-440 39k LSM-440 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 24 March 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-499/440/474 55k LSM-440, LSM-474, and LSM-499, left to right, at Sasebo Harbor, Kyushu, Japan, 23 September 1945. Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 021
    LSM-467/440/112/467 51k Six LSM's including LSM-343, LSM-440, LSM-112, and LSM-467 at Sasebo Harbor Seaplane Ramp, Kyushu, Japan. The group had just completed transporting the 5th Marine Tank Battalion Hugh L. Hudson, Jr., RM/2c, LSM-467, LSM-49, Collection, Photo 074
    LSM-440 71k LSM-440 anchored off Shanghai, China in the Whangpoo River, 15 February 1946 LSM Homeport
    LSM-440 64k LSM-440 overhead view underway, circa 1945-46, place unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 84897 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1976.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-440 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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