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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    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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    LSM-213 77k From front to back USS LSM-213, USS LSM-209, 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
    LSM-17 126k 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
    Greg Cockburn
    LSM-17 146k 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
    Greg Cockburn
    LSM-17 74k 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
    LSM-17 85k

    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)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Dorman, Floyd R., USNR14 June 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Johnson, Dale W., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03ENS. Laine, Thomas C., USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    04ENS. Ellis, F. E., USNRJune 1946 - 22 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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