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USS LSM-469 was transferred to Thailand and named HTMS Kram (L-3)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 27 January 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 17 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-469, 17 March 1945 , LT. Lee S. Barton, USNR, in command
  • During and after World War II LSM-469 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Four;
    LSM Division Eighty-Nine;
  • Following World War II USS LSM-469 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 September 1945 to 11 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 29 August 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred, 25 May 1962, to Thailand, named HTMS Kram (L-3)
  • Renamed HTMS Khramto (L-732), date unknown
  • Decommissioned by Thai Navy, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef, 1 February 2003, at Pattaya, Thailand
    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 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-469
    LSM-469 97k USS LSM-469 at Wakayama, Honshu Island, Japan, circa September 1945. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-469 87k USS LSM-469 at Wakayama, Honshu Island, Japan, circa mid-September to mid-November 1945. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-469 67k USS LSM-469 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    HTMS Kram (L-3) / HTMS Khramto (L-732)
    LSM-469 80k Ex- USS LSM-469 underway as the Thailand Navy LSM HTMS Khramto (L-3) underway. circa 1965,
    Official Royal Thai Navy photo..
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-469 70k HTMS Khramto (L-732) underway in 1969.
    US Navy photo # NH 96102 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-469 13k Ex-HTMS Khramto (L-732) being used for an at sea fire fighting exercise before being sunk at Pattaya, Thailand as an artificial reef, 1 February 2003. Nay Nava
    LSM-469 15k Ex-HTMS Khramto (L-732) ready for sinking to serve as an artificial reef at Pattaya, Thailand, 1 February 2003. Nay Nava
    LSM-469 85k Ex-HTMS Khramto (L-732) being sunk as an artificial reef at Pattaya, Thailand, 1 February 2003. This photo shows her about one hour before being totally submerged. Steve Burton
    LSM-469 11k Ex HTMS Khramto (L-732) down at the stern with just her bow showing above the surface (note the bow doors and forward 40mm gun tub are still visible), Pattaya, Thailand, 1 February 2003. Nay Nava

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-469 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Pattaya Wrecks, Thai Navy Vessel 732

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