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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)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 24 February 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 17 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-487, 24 April 1945, LTjg. Lawrence A. Westcott USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-487 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Sixteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Seven;
    LSM Division Ninety-Four;
  • Following World War II USS LSM-487 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 September to 7 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 19 December 1946, at Green Cove Spring, FL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 21 November 1947, to Southwest Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Final Disposition, 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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    LSM-487 78k USS LSM-487, at Long Beach, CA., circa 1946. Robert Hall for his father John W. Hall Gunner's Mate USS LSM-487
    LSM-487 273k USS LSM-487, crew photo, Long Beach, CA., circa 1946. Robert Hall for his father John W. Hall Gunner's Mate USS LSM-487
    LSM-487 90k USS LSM-487, underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hall for his father John W. Hall Gunner's Mate USS LSM-487
    LSM-487 69k USS LSM-487 under way coming alongside another LSM, date and location unknown. Mike Mannuela to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-487 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Westcott, Lawrence A., USNR24 April 1945 - ?

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