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USS 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 USS LSM-440 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS LSM-440 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 28 September 1945 to 14 May 19462 September 1945 to 14 May 1946

  • 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" (ovl)
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, 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-440 39k LSM-440 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 24 March 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-499/440/474 55k USS LSM-440, USS LSM-474, and USS 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 USS LSM-343, USS LSM-440, USS LSM-112, and USS 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 USS LSM-440 anchored off Shanghai, China in the Whangpoo River, 15 February 1946 LSM Homeport
    LSM-440 64k USS 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 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
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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