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Oceanside (LSM-175)
USS LSM-175 (1944 - 1959)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - November - Lima

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

USS Oceanside (LSM-175) transferred South Vietnam, renamed RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404), later to the Philippines, renamed BRP Batanes (LP65)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 11 July 1944 at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 3 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-175, 25 September 1944, LTjg. Fred G. Bartlett USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-175 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eight, CDR. H. Doe USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Two, LCDR. N.E. Fryer Jr. USN (38);
    LSM Division Forty-Three and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 26 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-175 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 October to 12 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 July 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 8 September 1950
  • Decommissioned and placed in service, 30 October 1955 at San Diego, CA.
  • Named Oceanside (LSM-175), 14 October 1959
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and transferred to South Vietnam, 1 March 1961, renamed RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404)
  • USS LSM-175 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • The fall of South Vietnam resulted in RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404) escaping, 30 April 1975, to Subic Bay, P.I. where custody was transferred to the Republic of the Philippines, 17 November 1975
  • Custody assumed by the Philippine Navy and renamed BRP Batanes (LP65)
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by Philippines Navy in 1989
    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 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.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    USS LSM-175 / USS Oceanside (LSM-175)
    LSM-95 115k from left to right USS LSM-273, USS LSM-95, USS LSM-175, USS LSM-212 and an unidentified LSM moored in a nest at Apra Harbor, Guam, 28 November 1945. Don Belcher to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-175 70k USS LSM-175 about to enter the well of USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) in San Diego Bay, Spring-1951. Bob Allport RD2 USS Carter Hall 1950-54
    LSM-547 49k USS LSM-547, USS LSM-175 and USS LST-561 beached, probably in the San Diego Bay area, circa 1950-1955 Tommy Trampp
    LSM-175 87k USS Oceanside (LSM-175) under way off San Diego, CA., date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-175 83k USS Oceanside (LSM-175) underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-175 66k USS Oceanside (LSM-175) under way, date and location unknown. Sam Morison to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-175 48k USS Oceanside (LSM-175) under way, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404)
    98k RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404) [ex-USS Oceanside (LSM-175)] at Nha Be RVN, 8 June 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    92k RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404) [ex-USS Oceanside (LSM-175)] at Nha Be RVN, 27 June 1971. Photo taken from APL-30 © Richard Leonhardt
    LSM-335 66k RVNS Huong Giang (HQ-404), secured inboard of RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400) at Nha Be RVN, February1972 ©Richard Leonhardt

    USS LSM-175 / Oceanside (LSM-175)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Bartlett, Fred G., USNR25 September 1944 - March 1946
    02LTjg. Puidokas, Stanley, V., USNRMarch 1946 - 10 July 1946
     Decommissioned10 July 1946 - 8 September 1950
     In Service8 September 1950 - 30 October 1955
    03LT. Evans Jr., Griffith Conrad, USNR8 September 1950 - 16 October 1951
    04LT. Pecore, Joe L., USNR16 October 1951 - 1953
    05LT. Szychlinski, Cester J., USNR1955 - 1 April 1957
    06LTjg. Kelly, James M., USNR1 April 1957 - 20 October 1958
    07LT. Bergbauer Jr., Harry William, USN (USNA 1953)20 October 1958 - 1 June 1960
    08LTjg. Morgan, Lester Anthony, USN1 June 1960 - 1 March 1961
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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