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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LSM-351 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 10 February 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 21 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-449, 11 January 1945 , LT. Jules E. Chourre, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-449 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 2 June 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 June 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 February 1948, to Ashland Oil & Refining Co., Ashland, KY., fate unknown
    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 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-449 85k LSM-449 passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco while underway with a cargo of lumber, April 1947. Dale Poe EMC/SS, USN, Ret. for his father Raymond C. Poe QMSN USS LSM-449
    LSM-449 51k LSM-449 nested with other LSM's starboard side to, date and place unknown. John R. Hammock, SM2/c, USS LSM-485 collection
    LSM-449 81k LSM-449 nested outboard, port side to, in a nest of six or seven LSMs at San Diego during April-May 1946. Thomas J. Kerr S1/c USS LSM-449
    LSM-449 53k LSM-449 underway, date and place unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-449 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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