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USS LSM-465


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 20 January 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 10 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-465, 10 March 1945, LT. Douglas W. Marden USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-465 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eleven
    LSM Group Thirty-Three;
    LSM Division Sixty-Five USS LSM-465
  • Following World War II USS LSM-465 was assigned to Occupation in the Far East from 23 September 1945 to 1 February 1946
  • Ran aground, 9 October 1945, during a Typhoon "Louise", at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, re-floated, 15 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 March 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 9 December 1947, to W.J. Mitchell, Oakland, CA.
  • Converted for commercial service as the towboat George Birnie, Official Number (260642) at Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, OR.
  • Operated by Western Transportation Company Portland, OR. on the Columbia and Snake Rivers
  • Final Disposition, sold to an unknown owner and believed to be in commercial service in California.
    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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    USS LSM-465
    LSM-465 46k USS LSM-465 under way, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1045566, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-465 53k LSM-465 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1045565, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Crittenden 127k Operation Crossroads prospective target ships and support ships at Pearl Harbor in a photo released, 27 February 1946.
    Ships present from front to rear include:
    USS Crittenden (APA-77),
    USS Catron (APA-71),
    USS Bracken (APA-64),
    USS Burleson (APA-67),
    USS Gilliam (APA-57),
    USS Fallon (APA-81), one
    unidentified ship,
    USS Fillmore (APA-83),
    USS Kochab (AKS-6),
    USS Luna (AKS-7) and an unidentified tanker and liberty ship. Identifiable on the right are USS LSM-203 and LSM-465. Farther in the background are a floating drydock and a merchant ship hulk with unidentified fittings forward of the bridge.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-702126 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LSM-465 42k LSM-465 moored to a buoy in San Francisco Bay, 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 83279 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1975.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Commercial Service
    LSM-465 54k ex LSM-465 in service as the Western Transportation Company's tow boat George Birnie fitting out at Albina Engine & Machine Work's Portland, OR., 14 September 1950, on the Willamette River. Ron Gray / Captain
    LSM-465 53k ex LSM-465 in service as the Western Transportation Company's tow boat George Birnie on the Willamette river at West Linn , OR., in 1968 Ron Gray / Captain

    The history extract for USS LSM-465 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Marden, Douglas W., USNR10 March 1945

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