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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-555 was transferred to Ecuador and named Tarqui
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 March 1945, at the US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 22 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-555, 24 September 1945, LT. Edmund R. Murphy, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 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 November 1958 to Ecuador and named Tarqui
  • Assigned various pennant numbers from 1963: TD02 then T32 and T52
  • Final Disposition, struck by the Ecuadorian Navy and disposed of in 1987, 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 13.2 kts. (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-555
    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. Pre-Commission Units 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-555 52k USS LSM-555 underway, circa September 1945. location unknown. Submitted by John Donald Murphy
    to honor his father LT. Edmund Robert Murphy USNR, ex CO USS LSM-555, deceased.
    LSM-558 90k 19 LSMs at Green Cove Springs, FL., date unknown. Decommissioned ships present and identifiable are:
    Front Row: USS LSM-558, USS LSM-539, USS LSM-543 and USS LSM-544
    Second Row-?: USS LSM-413, USS LSM-542 and USS LSM-540
    Third Row: ?, ?, USS LSM-555 and ?.
    Al Edwards LSM-343 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Tarqui (TD01)
    LSM-555 69k Ex-USS LSM-555 in Ecuadorian naval service as Tarqui (TD01) at anchor, circa 1963, location unknown.
    Official Ecuadorian Navy photo.
    Submitted by John Donald Murphy
    to honor his father LT. Edmund Robert Murphy USNR, ex CO USS LSM-555, deceased.

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-555 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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