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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-470 was transferred to the Republic of China
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 27 January 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX.
  • Launched, 17 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-470, 19 March 1945, LT. William McKinley Johnson USNR in command
  • During and after World War II LSM-470 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Four;
    LSM Division Eighty-Nine;
  • Following World War II USS LSM-470 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 25 July 19462 September 1945 to 25 July 1946

  • Decommissioned, 25 July 1946, and transferred the same day to the Republic of China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • 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 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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    LSM-470/157/390 318k USS LSM-470, center, USS LSM-157, at left and USS LSM-390 moored together while performing China Service, 12 March 1946. National Museum of the US Navy
    LSM-157 49k USS LSM-470, USS LSM-157, USS LSM-390 and YOG-62 during China Service Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LSM-470 77k USS LSM-470 loading relief supplies for transit up river in China, destination and date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-470 63k USS LSM-470 open bridge with Chinese pilot on board while underway in Chinese waters, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-470 136k USS LSM-470 moored pierside in China, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-470 106k USS LSM-470 moored to a buoy in a river in China. Several crew members have managed to get to the opposite bank of the river and can look down on the ship from above, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-470 52k USS LSM-470 at anchor, date and location unknown. Off her port bow is USS LSM-265. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-470 54k USS LSM-470 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-470 69k USS LSM-470 underway while transiting a river gorge in China, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-470 101k

    The history extract for USS LSM-470 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Johnson, William McKinley, USNR19 March 1945 - ?

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