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USS LSM-478 was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed Mei Kun (LSM-2352)
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-478, 7 April 1945 , LT. N. R. Briscoe, USNR in command
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" oa
Beam 34' 6"
Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (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 Capacity 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-478 en route to Saipan, at the entrance of Apra Harbor, Guam
||Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 001
||LSM-474 unloading 5th Marine Division Tanks at Sasebo, Kyushu, Japan in September 1945. LSM-478 is in the background.
||Bill Heist, LSM-474, slide-003
| ROCS Mei Kun (LSM-252)
||Ex-LSM-478 in the Republic of China service as ROCS Mei Kun (LSM-252) underway, circa 1962, location unknown.
Official Republic of China Navy photo.
The DANFS history extract for LSM-478 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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Last Updated 2 February 2007
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