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LSM-556


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 23 March 1945. at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 10 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-556, 12 October 1945, LTjg. Carl E. Gainer, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 5 August 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)
  • Final Disposition, sold, January 1959, to Kent Line Ltd., St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, fate unknown
    Specifications: 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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    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
    Front Row;
    LSM-556,
    LSM-557,
    LSM-558
    Second Row;
    LSM-553,
    LSM-554 and
    LSM-555.
    Beyond the LSMs is Tidewater (AD-31).
    Charleston Navy Yard photo # 1997-45
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-556 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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