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USS Kodiak (LSM-161)
USS LSM-161 (1944 - 1959)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (27 Mar 64 to 10 May 64) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 June 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 27 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-161, 16 August 1944, LT Joe M. Gresser USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-161 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 Four
  • Following World War II LSM-161 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 September to 11 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 8 June 1946, at Vancouver, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Recommissioned, 6 September 1950;
  • During the Korean War USS LSM-161 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    16 to 30 April 1952
    Korean Defense, Summer-Fall
    1 May 1952
    6 to 18 July 1952
    20 August to 4 September 1952
  • Named USS Kodiak (LSM-161), 14 October 1959
  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1965, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1965
  • USS LSM-161 earned two battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 August 1972, to Tien Hsin Hong
    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
    landing, 5' 3"
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 12.5 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    one twin bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
    six 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
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    two General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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.
    two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers 2,800shp

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    USS LSM-161
    LSM-462 45k USS LSM-462, USS LSM-170, USS LSM-161 and USS LSM-343 in a six ship assault wave formation while undergoing amphibious training, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-161 63k USS LSM-161 at Okinawa, date unknown. USS LSM-328 in the background Bill Karosi
    Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-161 71k USS LSM-161 at Okinawa, date unknown. Bill Karosi
    Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-160 61k USS LSM-161 and USS LSM-160 along with a number of unidentified LSMs beached on Luzon Island, P.I., date unknown. Al Noble to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-226/236/161 53k USS LSM-236, USS LSM-226 and USS LSM-161, (first reported as Okinawa, circa 1945) Possibly at San Clemente Island, circa 1950-51, during an amphibious training exercise with US Marines. Max Clayton, USS LSM-226, 1954-55
    LSM-161 63k USS LSM-161 approaching the well of USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) in San Diego Bay, Spring-1951. Bob Allport RD2 USS Carter Hall 1950-54
    LSM-161 63k USS LSM-161 partially in the well of USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) in San Diego Bay, Spring-1951. Bob Allport RD2 USS Carter Hall 1950-54
    LSM-161 156k USS LSM-161 underway, date and location unknown. Joe Stevens
    LSM-161 111k USS LSM-161 underway off San Diego, CA. loaded with cargo, 27 March 1953. Photo by Oather Morper Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    USS Kodiak (LSM-161)
    LSM-161 89k USS Kodiak (LSM-161) underway in Alaskan waters, 19 May 1960. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-161 70k USS Kodiak (LSM-161) underway in 1960, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-161 79k USS Kodiak (LSM-161) beached, March/April 1964, shortly after the Alaskan earthquake of March 1964, location unknown. Photo by Chuck Murray
    LSM-161 63k USS Kodiak (LSM-161) moored pierside, 23 September 1964, location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    USS LSM-161 / USS Kodiak (LSM-161)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gresser Jr., Joe M. USNR16 August 1944 - August 1945
    02LT. Ulrich, Walter J., USNRAugust 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Weber, Paul A., USNRDecember 1945 - 1 March 1946
    04ENS. Miller, Robert B., USNR1 March 1946 - 8 June 1946
     Decommissioned8 June 1946 - 6 September 1950
    06LT. Beoun, Leroy Ripley, USN1955 - 12 February 1958
    07LT. Munroe, Charles W., USNR12 February 1958 - 15 August 1958
    08LT. Marriott, Jack Lewis, USN5 August 1958 - 25 November 1959
    09LTjg. Felkins, Charles Gerritt, USN25 November 1959 - 1961
    10LT. Hodgens, Jack Anthony, USN1962 - 24 June 1963
    11LT. Luter, Thomas Harrison, USN24 June 1963 - 19 April 1965
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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