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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-457 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Mei-Song (LSM-347)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 4 December 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Co., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 17 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-457, 28 March 1945, at San Pedro, CA., LTjg. Thomas M. Nelson USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-457 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fourteen, LCDR. W. R. McCaleb;
    LSM Group Forty-Two;
    LSM Division Eighty-Four
  • Following World War II USS LSM-457 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 to 27 September 194528 September 1945 to 12 June 1946
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 12 June 1946, at Tsingtao, China
  • Transferred the same day to the Republic of China, named ROCS Mei-Song (LSM-347)
  • Escaped to Taiwan in October 1949, with the fall of the Republic of China
  • Rebuilt and reconfigured in 1969/73
  • Redesignated LSM-694 in 1978/79
  • ROCS Mei-Song decommissioned, 1 June 2005, at Kaohsiung Harbour, Taiwan
  • Final Disposition, 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)
    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-432 89k USS LSM-433, USS LSM-457 and USS LSM-432 moored pierside at Tientsin, China in 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-457 26k USS LSM-457 at Taku, China, winter 1946 Photo by Karl E. Lemmerman, ETM2c USN USS LSM-457, June 1944 - June 1946.
    LSM-457 17k
    LSM-457 24k
    LSM-457 83k USS LSM-457 aground in Hai River, near Taku, China, winter 1946 Photo by Karl E. Lemmerman, ETM2c USN USS LSM-457, June 1944 - June 1946.
    LSM-457 53k
    LSM-457 94k USS LSM-457 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    USS LSM-457
    DANFS history entry located at Navsource.
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Nelson, Thomas M., USNR28 March 1945

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