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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-500 was transferred to Denmark and named HDMS Hjaelperen (A-563)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 17 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 7 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-500, 17 May 1945, LT. Ramon de Murias USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-500 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Sixteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Seven;
    LSM Division Ninety-Five;
  • Decommissioned, 1 August 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Converted to a Motor Torpedo Boat Tender, at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C, 1 April 1952 to 15 May 1953
  • Transferred to Denmark, 15 May 1953
  • Commissioned by the Danish Navy as HDMS Hjaelperen (A-563)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, date unknown
  • Decommissioned by Royal Danish Navy, 1974
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 September 1976
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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-500
    LSM-500 69k USS LSM-500 moored pierside at Panama, date unknown. Craig Winkleman in honor of his father Clair Franklin Winkleman USS LSM-500
    LSM-500 58k USS LSM-500 moored pierside at Panama, date unknown. Craig Winkleman in honor of his father Clair Franklin Winkleman USS LSM-500
    LSM-500 110k USS LSM-500 beached at Guam, date unknown. (Louis Damiani is the sailor standing in the foreground.) Craig Winkleman in honor of his father Clair Franklin Winkleman USS LSM-500
    LSM-500 81k USS LSM-500 at Guam, date unknown. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    HDMS Hjaelperen (A-563)
    LSM-500 44k Ex-USS LSM-500 in Danish service as HDMS Hjaelperen (A-563) underway, circa 1953-54, location unknown. Note she is still carrying the side number LSM 500 Robert Hurst
    LSM-500 42k HDMS Hjaelperen (A-563) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    LSM-500 37k HDMS Hjaelperen (A-563) under way, circa 1956, location unknown. (RDN Official)
    Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1956-57"
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-500 89k HDMS Hjaelperen (A-563) under way, circa 1964, location unknown. Photo courtesy Stefan Terzibaschitsch. Robert Hurst
    LSM-500 92k HDMS Hjaelperen (A-563) under way, circa 1967, location unknown.
    Royal Danish Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-500 85k HDMS Hjaelperen (A-563) under way, circa 1971, location unknown.
    Royal Danish Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    The history extract for USS LSM-500 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. de Murias, Ramon, USNR17 May 1945 - ?

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