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LSM-489


USS LSM-489 was transferred to the Republic of China, seized by the People's Republic of China
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - 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-489, 27 April 1945, LTjg. Sydney A. Smity Jr., USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-489 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LSM-489 performed occupation duty inthe Far East including China service
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946, and transferred to the Republic of China the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, seized, October 1949, by People's Republic of China forces, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    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-489 43k LSM-489 LSM-179 and LCT-1226 moored pierside in China, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-489 57k LSM-489 in dry dock, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-489 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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