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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)
USS LSM-478 was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed Mei Kun (LSM-252)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 10 February 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX.
Launched, 3 March 1945
Commissioned USS LSM-478, 7 April 1945, LT. N. R. Briscoe USNR in command:
During World War II USS LSM-478 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
LSM Group Forty-Four;
LSM Division Ninety;
Following World War II USS LSM-478 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 September to 9 November 1945
Decommissioned, 28 May 1946, at Astoria, OR.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
Reactivated and transferred, 1 April 1954, to France
Returned to US Naval custody and transferred in November 1956, to the Republic of China, renamed Mei Kun (LSM-252)
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, disposed of by the Republic of China Navy in 1973, 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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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-478 en route to Saipan, at the entrance of Apra Harbor, Guam
||Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 001
||USS LSM-474 unloading 5th Marine Division Tanks at Sasebo, Kyushu, Japan in September 1945.
USS LSM-478 is in the background.
||Bill Heist, LSM-474, slide-003
| ROCS Mei Kun (LSM-252)
||Ex-USS LSM-478 in the Republic of China service as ROCS Mei Kun (LSM-252) under way, circa 1962, location unknown.
Official Republic of China Navy photo.
The history extract for USS LSM-478 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Briscoe, N. R., USNR||7 April 1945 - ?|
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