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USS LSM-481 (1945 - 1960)

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-481 was transferred to Turkey and named TCG Marmaris (N-103)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 17 February 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX., 17 February 1945
  • Launched, 10 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-481, 8 April 1945 , LT. Theo. A. Underwood, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-481 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Four;
    LSM Division Ninety;
  • Following World War II USS LSM-481 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 7 October 1945
    22 October to 13 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 September 1952
  • Authorized for conversion FY 1951 to a Coastal Mine Layer
  • Converted at Brewer Drydock Co., Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Transferred in September 1952, to Turkey, named TCG Marmaris (N-103)
  • Reclassified by the US Navy, 1 October 1960, as Coastal Minelayer MMC-10
  • Decommissioned by the Turkish Navy in 1990
  • Struck from the Turkish Navy list in 1990
  • Final Disposition, hulk cannibalized for spare parts and eventually disposed of by Turkish Navy
    LSM Specifications:
    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

    MMC Specifications:
    Displacement 1,110 t.(fl); Draft 8' 3" (max.)
    Speed 12 kts. (design)
    Complement 60
    Armament two twin 40mm gun mounts, two single 20mm gun mounts

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    USS LSM-481
    LSM-481 62k USS LSM-481 beached, 13 September 1945, location unknown. Carl Whitcomb to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-481 50k USS LSM-481 beached, date and location unknown. Carl Whitcomb to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-481 140k USS LSM-481 beached on a seaplane ramp at a Japanese Air Station while performing Occupation service, circa September to December 1945. Contributed by the Harold Vorst Family, Rose, Dennis, Marge, Karen, Mary Lou, Dave, Linda, Therese, and Duane
    TCG Marmaris (N-103)
    LSM-481 63k Ex-USS LSM-481 in Turkish naval service as TCG Marmaris (N-103), 7 November 1952. Note; she is still carrying her LSM side number.
    US Navy photo # USN 635545.
    Carl Whitcomb to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-481 45k TCG Marmaris (N-103) at anchor, circa 1955, location unknown.
    Official Turkish Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-481 42k TCG Marmaris (N-103) underway, circa 1966, location unknown.
    Official Turkish Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-481 55k TCG Marmaris (N-103) underway, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir

    The history for USS LSM-481 is based on an extract from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9), and The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Davis, William O., USNR5 April 1945 - ?

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