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USS Owyhee River (LFR-515)
USS Owyhee River (LSMR-515) (1955 - 1969)
USS LSM(R)-515 (1946 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

LSM(R)-501 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket):
  • Laid down, 21 April 1945, at Brown Ship Building Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 19 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM(R)-515, 16 July 1945, at Galveston, TX., LT Frederick A. Lovell, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM(R)-515 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM(R) Flotilla Eighteen, CAPT. C. F. Macklin USN
    LSM(R) Group Forty-Four
    LSM(R) Division One Hundred Seven
  • Named USS Owyhee River LSM(R)-515, 1 October 1955
  • Decommissioned, 16 November 1955, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Reclassified Inshore Fire Support Ship (LFR-515), 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 16 May 1974, to Majid Karoon, Maritime Shipping Co., Ltd., Tehran, Iran, scrapped between 1989 and 1991
    light 758 t.
    attack 993 t.
    fully loaded 1,175 t.
    Length 203' 6" o.a.
    Beam 34' 6"
    light 5'4" (mean)
    attack 6'9" (mean)
    fully loaded 7'9" (mean)
    Speed 13 kts.
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 137
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm gun mounts
    four twin 20mm gun mounts
    ten twin tube continuous loading 5" (SS) spin stabilizer 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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    two General Motors 16-278A (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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    Owyhee River 92k USS LSM(R)-515 moored pierside, NAB Little Creek, VA., circa 1946. Photo by ENS. W.R. Santschi USS LST-509
    Owyhee River 93k USS LSM(R)-515 firing her rockets during a Midshipman Training Cruise, August 1948. Photo was taken from USS Taconic (AGC-17).
    US Navy photo # USN 705982.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Owyhee River 248k USS LSM(R)-515 under way off San Diego, CA., June 1954.
    Photo by Oather Morper.
    Steven Cole
    Owyhee River 87k USS LSM(R)-515 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Owyhee River 75k USS LSM(R)-515 moored pierside at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1 September 1952.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Owyhee River 74k President Eisenhower visits USS LSM(R)-515 moored pierside at Santee Dock, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 17 May 1953. At left, VADM C.Turner Joy, Superintendent of the Naval Academy, LT. C.B. Hood USNR, Executive Officer USS LSM(R)-515, center LT. J.A. Bell Commanding Officer USS LSM(R)-515 and at right is the President.
    US Navy photo # NH 68544 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Owyhee River 91k USS LSM(R)-515 under way in the Chesapeake Bay off Bloodsworth Island, MD., laying a smoke screen, date unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 445519.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Owyhee River 91k USS LSM(R)-515 under way in Anna Bay at Curacao, Dutch Antilles in the Caribbean, early-1950s.
    US Navy photo # NH 84998 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1976.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Owyhee River 99k USS LSM(R)-515 logo displayed on the side of the 5"/38 gun mount, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Owyhee River 48k USS LSM(R)-515 moored pierside, Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Owyhee River 143k USS LSM(R)-515 under way, view looking forward toward the bow from the bridge, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    USS LSM(R)-515 / USS Owyhee River (LSMR-515) / USS Owyhee River (LFR-515)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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