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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS LSM-554 was transferred to Peru, named BAP Atico (LSM-37)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 March 1945, at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 22 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-554, 14 September 1945, LT. Raymond T. Thomas, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 25 June 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
  • Transferred in April 1959, to Peru, named BAP Atico (LSM-37)
  • Final Disposition, decommissioned, by the Peruvian Navy in March 1985, fate unknown
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t.(landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6"
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2kts, (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
    Armament one single 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
    Troop Accommodations 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

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    USS LSM-554
    LSM-558 127k Charleston Navy Yard fitting out pier "C" looking north to river end. Shop field offices and Building Ways 1 and 2 in background on left. Ships present USS LSM-556, USS LSM-557, USS LSM-558 front row. Second row USS LSM-553, USS LSM-554 and USS LSM-555. Beyond the LSMs is USS Tidewater (AD-31).
    Charleston Navy Yard photo # 1997-45
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-554 81k USS LSM-554 beached at Salisbury, MD., 1945. Art Kenyon to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    BAP Atico (LSM-37)
    LSM-554 47k Ex-USS LSM-554 underway in Peruvian naval service as BAP Atico (LSM-37), date and location unknown. Official Peruvian Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition. Robert Hurst

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-554 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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