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LSM-457


USS LSM-457 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Mei-Song (LSM-347)
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 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
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 12 July 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
    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 13.2kts, (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 Accommodations 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-432 89k LSM-433, LSM-457 and LSM-432 moored pierside at Tientsin, China in 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-457 26k 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 at Taku, China, winter 1946 Photo by Karl E. Lemmerman, ETM2c USN USS LSM-457, June 1944 - June 1946.
    LSM-457 24k LSM-457 at Tanggu, China, winter 1946 Photo by Karl E. Lemmerman, ETM2c USN USS LSM-457, June 1944 - June 1946.
    LSM-457 83k 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 aground in Hai River, near Tanggu, China, winter 1946 Photo by Karl E. Lemmerman, ETM2c USN USS LSM-457, June 1944 - June 1946.
    LSM-457 94k LSM-457 underway, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

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    DANFS history entry located at Navsource.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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