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LSM(R)-503 Flambeau River

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

American 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
  • 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
    Displacement 758 t.(light), 993 t.(attack) 1,175 t. (fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" o.a.
    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 gun mounts
    four twin 20mm 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
    Propulsion two General Motors (non-reversing with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws, Endurance, 3,000 miles @ 13kts

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    LSMR 503 51k LSM(R)-503 underway, date and place unknown. Tom Carbarnes to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 503 99k LSM(R)-503 underway, date and place unknown. Tom Carbarnes to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 503 88k LSM(R)-503 underway, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSMR 501/505/503 88k LSM(R)-505, LSM(R)-501, 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 LSM(R)-502 and 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 DANFS 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

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