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LSM-469


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 (date unknown) at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • 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
  • 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 (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef, 1 February 2003, at Pattaya, Thailand
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t.(landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6"
    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 Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic 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-469 97k 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 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 LSM-469 underway, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    HTMS Kram (L-3) / HTMS Khramto (L-732)
    LSM-469 49k HTMS Khramto (L-3) underway. circa 1965, location unknown.
    Official Royal Thai Navy photo..
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-469 70k Ex LSM-469 in Thai Naval service as 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Pattaya Wrecks, Thai Navy Vessel 732

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