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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, 17 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 7 April 1945
Commissioned USS LSM-497, 11 May 1945, LTjg. Raymond L. Leyenthal USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-497 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Sixteen;
LSM Group Forty-Seven;
LSM Division Ninety-Five;
Following World War II USS LSM-497 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 November to 25 December 1945
Decommissioned, 16 September 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, January 1958, to Western Contracting Corp., Sioux City, IA., converted to a barge
Final Disposition, scrapped during the 1980s
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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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||USS LSM-497 and sixteen additional LSMs moored at Apra Guam, waiting for orders to return to the United State, January 1946.
Other LSMs that can be identified are
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-497, an unidentified LSM, and USS LSM-365 moored at Mobile Bay, AL., July 1946. Photo taken from the deck of LSM-495
The history extract for USS LSM-497 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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