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USS LSM-448


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 20 September 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 13 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-448, 4 January 1945, LT. L.S. Murphy, USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-448 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Thirteen, LCDR. C. L. Weigle USN (27);
    LSM Group Thirty-Eight, LCDR. T. F. Lane USNR;
    LSM Division Seventy-Six
  • Following World War II USS LSM-448 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 September to 14 November 1945
  • USS LSM-448 was homeported at Guam, Marianas Islands, date unknown
  • Decommissioned, 25 January 1957, at Astoria, OR.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold in October 1958, to Hugo Neu Corp., New York, N.Y. for scrapping
    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-448 48k USS LSM-448 at Pagan Island, Marianas Islands, 1956 Richard E. Richardson EN1 USN USS LSM 448
    LSM-448 18k USS LSM-448 beached in the Marianas Islands, circa 1955-56. Fred Prokop USS LSM-448 1955-56
    LSM-448 72k USS LSM-448 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1954 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LSM-448 61k USS LSM-448 moored, in the US Trust Territory, Marianas Islands, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1954 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LSM-448 69k USS LSM-448 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-448 44k USS LSM-448 beached, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Sam Morison to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-448 62k USS LSM-448 off Iwo Jima during "Operation MinAmi", 25 October 1952.
    US Navy photo # NH 477194 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-448 60k USS LSM-448 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-448 96k USS LSM-448 beached at Pagan Island, US Trust Territory, Marianas Islands, which is now a part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, date unknown. Richard E. Richardson EN1 USN USS LSM 448

    The history extract for USS LSM-448 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Murphy, L.S., USN4 January 1945 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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