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USS LSM-492 (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-492 / MMC-13 was transferred to Norway and named HNoMS Vale (N-45) later transferred to Turkey and renamed TCG Mersin (N-104)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 24 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-492, 1 May 1945, LT. William D. Hickerson, USNR, in command
  • USS LSM-492 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and performed occupation duty in the Far East following World War II
  • Decommissioned, 19 August 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 in FY 1951 to a Coastal Mine Layer
  • Converted in Norway, conversion completed, October 1952
  • Transferred, 6 October 1952, to Norway as HNoMS Vale (N-45)
  • Designation changed by US Navy, 1 October 1960 to MMC-13
  • Transferred by Norway, 1 November 1960, to Turkey and renamed TCG Mersin (N-104)
  • Decommissioned by the Tukish Navy, 23 November 1996
  • Transferred, 8 August 1996 Kocaeli University for use as a training ship
  • Decommissioned by the Tukish Navy, 23 November 1996
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" o.a.
    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)

    MMC Specifications / Modifications:
    Displacement 1,110 t.(fl)
    Draft 8' 3" (max.)
    Speed 12 kts. (design)
    Complement 70
    Armament two twin 40mm gun mounts, two single 20mm gun mounts

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    USS LSM-492
    LSM-492 50k LSM-492 on the beach at Guam, in September 1945. LSM-492 loaded squad tents for delivery at Okinawa. Typhoon damage there had blown down most of the tents and Quonset Huts. Richard Burnitt for his father
    Sam Burnitt USS LSM-492
    HNoMS Vale (N-45)
    LSM-492 66k Ex-LSM-492 in Norwegian service as HNoMS Vale (N-45) underway at Norfolk, VA., 7 November 1952. Note: she still carries her LSM side number in this photo.
    US Navy Atlantic Fleet Camera Party photo # FCP-11-5664-11-52
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-492 61k HNoMS Vale (N-45) underway at Norfolk, VA., 7 November 1952. Note: she still carries her LSM side number in this photo.
    US Navy Atlantic Fleet Camera Party photo # FCP-11-5663-11-52
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-492 34k HNoMS Vale (N-45) underway, circa 1955, location unknown
    Official R.Nor.N. photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1956-57".
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-492 73k HNoMS Vale (N-45) underway, circa 1958, location unknown
    Official R.Nor.N. photo.
    Robert Hurst

    The DANFS history for LSM-492 is based on an extract 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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