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USS LSM-472 was transferred to Taiwan
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 Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-472, 23 March 1945 , LT. Charles W. Barnes, USNR in command succeeded by LTjg Richard M. Cyert USNR
  • During World War II LSM-472 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LSM-472 performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • Decommissioned in March 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Transferred in February 1959, to Taiwan
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1973, by Taiwanese Navy
    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-472 69k LSM-472 beached at Saipan, 1945. Al Pincus (Sparky) EM1/c USS LSM-472
    LSM-472 38k LSM-472 beached at Tinian, 1945. Al Pincus is standing on the ramp. Al Pincus (Sparky) EM1/c USS LSM-472
    LSM-472 25k LSM-472 coming alongside LSM-471 to deliver the mail and movies in 1945, location unknown. Richard Remley in honor of his father Harris T. Remley S1/c USS LSM-471
    LSM-472 43k LSM-472 at anchor outboard in a nest of three LSMs at Okinawa, 1945. Al Pincus (Sparky) EM1/c USS LSM-472
    LSM-472 66k LSM-472 beached at Wakayama, Japan, 1945. Joe Kearnye and Al Pincus in the foreground. Al Pincus (Sparky) EM1/c USS LSM-472
    LSM-472/265 49k LSM-472 and LSM-265 beached, date and place unknown. Doug Manny to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-472 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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