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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-479 was transferred to France

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 February 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 24 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-479, 3 April 1945, LT. Merle S. Burdick USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-479 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Sixteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Seven;
    LSM Division Ninety-Four;
  • Following World War II USS LSM-479 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    11 to 25 September 1945
    6 October 1945 to 7 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 19 December 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Transferred to France, 1 April 1954
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 14 October 1956, at Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, December 1958, Fleet Storage Corp., New York, NY, 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 General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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-479
    LSM-479 71k USS LSM-479 commissioning ceremony, 3 April 1945, Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX. Officers from left to right; unknown Cdr., Lt. Merle S. Burdick CO, LTjg. Willis E. Bucttner, Ens John C. Mairhuber, Ens Thedore J. Kotonias, Ens Harry L Brundage USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-479 91k USS LSM-479 commissioning ceremony, 3 April 1945, Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-479 64k USS LSM-479 moored pierside, Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA., date unknown. Roy Lee to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-479 67k USS LSM-479 moored to a buoy with two other LSMs in San Pablo Bay, CA., date unknown. Roy Lee to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-479 58k USS LSM-479 under way, 20 May 1946, location unknown. Roy Lee to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    French Naval Service
    LSM-17 74k Ex-USS LSM-479 and ex-USS LSM-17 after being turned over to France, under way off San Diego, CA. circa April 1954. Photos by Ted Stone USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-17 85k

    The history extract for USS LSM-479 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Burdick, Merle S., USNR3 April 1945 - ?

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