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USS LSM-494


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, 10 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 31 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-494, 8 May 1945, LT. Blanchard G. Sanders, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-494 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Four;
    LSM Division Eighty-Eight;
  • Following World War II USS LSM-494 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 October 1945 to 22 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 2 November 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold in 1958, to New London Freight Lines, New Orleans, LA.
  • Resold, date unknown, renamed MV Plum Island and placed in service between New London, CT. and Long Island, date unknown
  • 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 Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, 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-494/495 53k USS LSM-494 and USS LSM-495 moored in the LSM nest at the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs, 26 June 1954. Note, that there are at least an additional 46 LSMs in the Reserve Fleet nest. Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret) USS LSM-9 and USS LSM-538
    Merchant Service
    LSM-494 69k ex-USS LSM-494 in merchant service as the ferry MV Plum Island coming into New London, circa 1980. The ferry ran between New London and Long Island. Ken Roberts to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-494 139k MV Plum Island docking at New London, circa mid-1970s. Charles "Bud" Dehnert
    LSM-494 60k MV Plum Island docking at New London, circa mid-1970s. Charles "Bud" Dehnert
    LSM-494 144k MV Plum Island docking at New London, circa mid-1970s. Charles "Bud" Dehnert
    LSM-494 158k MV Plum Island docking at New London, circa mid-1970s. Charles "Bud" Dehnert

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-494 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

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