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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)

USS LSM-456 was transferred to the Republic of China and redesignated LSM-345
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 15 November 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 28 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-456, 13 March 1945, LT. George M. Brown USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-456 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty-One;
    LSM Division Eighty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LSM-456 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 September 1945 to 8 February 194711 September 1945 to 8 February 1947
  • Decommissioned, 8 February 1947, and transferred the same day to the Republic of China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Escaped to Taiwan in October 1949 with the fall of the Republic of China and redesignated LSM-345
  • Final Disposition, scrapped by Taiwanese Navy in 1970
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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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    LSM-456 147k USS LSM-456 moored pierside inboard of USS LSM-279 at Tientsin China, September 1945. Steve Franklin
    LSM-456 138k USS LSM-456 moored pierside at Tientsin China, September 1945. Steve Franklin and
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-456 91k
    LSM-456 90k USS LSM-456 moored pierside at Tientsin, China, date unknown. Note that she has been repainted since arriving in China. (See preceding photos) Russ Padden
    LSM-456 73k USS LSM-456 beached at Samchock, Korea, date unknown Robert MacNeal to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-456 82k

    The history extract for USS LSM-456 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brown, George M., USN13 March 1945

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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