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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS LSM-17 was loaned to France and later sold to South Korea
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 10 April 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 7 May 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-17, 14 June 1944, LTjg. Floyd R. Dorman USNR in command
During World War II LSM-17 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla One, LCDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
LSM Group Two, LCDR. H. G. Maxey USNR;
LSM Division Three and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 April 18 May 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-17 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 to 25 September 1945
Decommissioned, 22 July 1946
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
Transferred to France, 1 April 1954
Returned to US Naval custody, 14 October 1956, at Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I.
Loaned to South Korea, 18 October 1956
Transferred, cash sale, under the terms of the Security Assistance Program, to South Korea, 15 November 1974
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
USS LSM-17 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, fate unknown, last reported active in South Korean Navy in 1996
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" (ovl)
Beam 34' 6"
light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
one twin 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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
twin propellers, 2,800shp
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||From front to back USS LSM-213,
USS LSM-17 and five additional LSMs during beaching operations at the Amphibious Training Base Camp Bradford, VA., 30 September 1944. Note the tank in the
well deck of USS LSM-213.
US Navy photo # 266168.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-17 beached at Batangas, Philippines in Sept. 1945 loading vehicles. USS LSM- 17 was
part of the task force assigned to moving the US Army 866th Aviation Engineer Battalion from the Philippines to Yokohama, Japan.
US Army Signal Corps photo - 866 Engineer Aviation Battalion History, pg.104
||USS LSM-17 on the ramp at Yokohama, Japan in Sept-Oct 1945 with other LSMs while unloading vehicles of the US Army 866th Aviation Engineer
Battalion. USS LSM-17 was part of the task force assigned to moving the US Army 866th Aviation Engineer Battalion from the Philippines to Yokohama, Japan.
US Army Signal Corps photo - 866 Engineer Aviation Battalion History, pg.106
||USS LSM-17 and USS LSM-479 in French service, under way off San Diego, CA.
circa April 1954. Photos by Ted Stone
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for LSM-17 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
|01||LTjg. Dorman, Floyd R., USNR||14 June 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Johnson, Dale W., USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|03||ENS. Laine, Thomas C., USNR||March 1946 - June 1946|
|04||ENS. Ellis, F. E., USNR||June 1946 - 22 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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