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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, 4 October 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro, CA.
Launched, 3 December 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-450, 18 January 1945, LTjg. William J. Waters USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-450 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Thirteen, LCDR. C. L. Weigle USN (27);
LSM Group Thirty-Eight (flagship), LCDR. T. F. Lane USNR;
LSM Division Seventy-Six
Following World War II USS LSM-450 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|23 September to 14 November 1945||4 August 1946 to 13 March 1947
|27 July to 3 August 1946||
Decommissioned, 17 July 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sold in February 1948, to Crowley Launch & Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA., fate unknown
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" (ovl)
Beam 34' 6"
light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
two General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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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||USS LSM-450 under way coming alongside another LSM, date and location unknown.
||T.D. Burns to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-450 under way in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
US Navy photo # NH 84898 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1976.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-450 under way, date and location unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-450 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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
Last Updated 26 January 2018
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