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USS Flambeau River (LSMR-503)
USS LSM(R)-503 (1945 - 1955)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LSM(R)-501 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-503, 5 June 1945, LT Leslie R. Roos, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM(R)-503 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM(R) Flotilla Eighteen, CAPT. C. F. Macklin USN
    LSM(R) Group Forty-Three
    LSM(R) Division One Hundred Five
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named Flambeau River LSM(R)-503, 1 October 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1958
  • Final Disposition, sold, 1959, to Turnagain Towing Corp., Juneau, AK., converted to a tug, fate unknown
    LSM(R) Specifications:
    Displacement 758 t.(light), 993 t. (attack) 1,175 t. (fully loaded)
    Length 206' 3"
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 5' 4" (mean), attack 6' 9" (mean), fully loaded 7' 9" (mean)
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 6 officers, 137 enlisted
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    ten twin continuous loading 5" SS rocket launchers
    four 4.2" mortars
    Armor 10-lb. STS on conning station, pilot-house, radio room, radar plot, and rocket control, 10-lb. ASPP around 40 and 20mm gun mounts and directors
    Endurance 3,000 miles @ 13kts
    two General Motors 16-287A (non-reversing with airflex clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin screws 2,800 shp

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    LSMR 503 51k USS LSM(R)-503 under way, date and location unknown. Tom Carbarnes to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 503 99k USS LSM(R)-503 under way, date and kocation unknown. Tom Carbarnes to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 503 88k USS LSM(R)-503 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501/505/503 88k USS LSM(R)-505, USS LSM(R)-501, USS LSM(R)-503 and an unidentified LSMR moored in a nest, date and place unknown. Innocent Hoel to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR-502/503 52k USS LSM(R)-502 and USS LSM(R)-503 at Santa Barbara, Navy Day, 1945. Lyle Miller, LSM(R)-502
    Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association

    The history extract for Flambeau River LSM(R)-503 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
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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