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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-483 was transferred to the Dominican Republic named Sirio (BA-104)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 17 February 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 10 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-483, 13 April 1945 , LT. Claude O. Caskey, Jr., USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-483 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LSM-483 performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Transferred, 10 March 1958, to the Dominican Republic, named Sirio (BA-104)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Rebuilt and reconfigured in 1970 by the government of the Dominican Republic to serve as a cargo ship and redesignated Sirio (BDM-301)
  • Final Disposition, placed out of service in 1989, 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 General Motors (non-reversible with airflex 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-483 51k LSM-483 beached, date and place unknown. William W. Shakely for his father LTjg. Robert P. Shakely USS LSM-483
    LSM-483 77k LSM-483 beached, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Sirio (BA-104)
    LSM-483 38k Ex-LSM-483 beached, with bow doors open, circa 1964, while in Dominican Republic service as Sirio (BA-104), location unknown.
    Dominican Republic Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-483 51k Sirio (BA-104) underway, location unknown.
    Dominican Republic Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
    Robert Hurst

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-483 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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