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USS LSM-450


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 19454 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
    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-450 87k USS LSM-450 under way coming alongside another LSM, date and location unknown. T.D. Burns to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-450 68k 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
    LSM-450 55k USS LSM-450 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-450 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Waters, William J., USNR18 January 1945 - ?
    02LT. Jackson, Chester V., USNMay 1946 to January 1947

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

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