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USS LSM-491


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal



USS LSM-491 was transferred to the Federal Republic of Germany and named Eidechse (L-751)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX.
  • Launched, 24 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-491, 30 April 1945, LT. Aldo Bartolomei USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-491 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Four;
    LSM Division Eighty-Seven;
  • Decommissioned, 27 November 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Transferred, 5 September 1958, to the Federal Republic of Germany, named Eidechse (L-751)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, date unknown
  • Disposed of by Germany, resold, 1977 to Ocean Offshore Services, Guernsey, Channel Islands, renamed Ocean Bay, used as a roll on-roll off cargo ship. last listed in 1993-94 Lloyd's Register of Ships
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    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-491
    LSM-491 55k USS LSM-491 and USS LSM-308 entering the Advanced Base Section Dock USS ASBD-6 at Apra Harbor, Guam, Marianas Islands, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-491 55k USS LSM-491 in port, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Thames River 62k Page one of the Schedule of Events pamphlet for the Transfer and Commissioning Ceremonies of six US Navy ships that will comprise the Federal Republic of Germany Second Landing Squadron, 5 September 1958 at US Naval Shipyard Charleston, S.C.
    USS Thames River LSM(R)-534 to Germany renamed Natter (L-755)
    USS Smyrna River LSM(R)-532 to Germany renamed Otter (L-754)
    USS LSM-537 to Germany named Krokodil (L-750)
    USS LSM-491 to Germany named Eidechse (L-751)
    USS LSM-553 to Germany named Salamander (L-752)
    USS LSM-558 to Germany named Viper (L-753)
    Ingo Zeitz
    Thames River 45k Page two of the Transfer and Commissioning Ceremonies pamphlet for the six US Navy ships that will comprise the Federal Republic of Germany Second Landing Squadron, 5 September 1958 at US Naval Shipyard Charleston, S.C. Ingo Zeitz
    Eidechse (L-751)
    LSM-491 65k Ex-USS LSM-491 in Federal Republic of Germany service as Eidechse (L-751) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1038269
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-491 60k USS Eidechse (L-751) under way, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1038268 a US Navy Photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-553 69k The four LSMs of the Federal Republic of Germany Second Landing Squadron moored pierside at the German Naval Base at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. From outboard to inboard;
    Ex-USS LSM-558 in Germany service as Viper (L-753)
    Ex-USS LSM-553 in Germany service as Salamander (L-752)
    Ex-USS LSM-537 in Germany service as Krokodil (L-750)
    Ex-USS LSM-491 in Germany service as Eidechse (L-751), date unknown.
    Ingo Zeitz
    LSM-553 49k The four LSMs of the Federal Republic of Germany Second Landing Squadron beached during amphibious exercises, date and location unknown.From left to right;
    Eidechse (L-751)
    Krokodil (L-750)
    Salamander (L-752)
    Viper (L-753), date unknown.
    Ingo Zeitz
    LSM-553 47k The three LSMs of the Federal Republic of Germany Second Landing Squadron beached during amphibious exercises, date and location unknown.From left to right;
    Salamander (L-752)
    Krokodil (L-750)
    Eidechse (L-751), date unknown.
    Ingo Zeitz
    LSM-553 43k The three LSMs of the Federal Republic of Germany Second Landing Squadron beached during amphibious exercises, date and location unknown.From left to right;
    Salamander (L-752)
    Krokodil (L-750)
    Eidechse (L-751), date unknown.
    Ingo Zeitz
    LSM-491 53k Eidechse (L-751) under way, circa 1960s, location unknown. Karsten Petersen

    The history extract for USS LSM-491 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bartolomei, Aldo, USNR30 April 1945 - ?

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