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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-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 23 August 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 15 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-250, 7 December 1944, LT. Ferdinand H. Hodde USNR in command
  • During World War II. USS LSM-250 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Six, LCDR. T. A. Peacock USNR;
    LSM Division Fifty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LSM-249 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    28 December 1945 to 11 January 194628 December 1945 to 11 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 1 June 1949, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, July 1958, to Pacific Towboat & Salvage Co., Long Beach, CA., converted to a barge, fate unknown
    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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    LSM-250 54k Bow on view USS LSM 250 in the Mare Island channel, 22 August 1946. Vallejo waterfront is in the background.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3036-46..
    Darryl Baker
    LSM-250 48k Broadside view of USS LSM 250 under way off Mare Island, 22 August 1946.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3037-46.
    Darryl Baker
    LSM-250 184k Stern view of USS LSM 250 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. LSM-250 was under repair at the shipyard from 14 June to 31 August 1946 and was dry docked in USS ARD 32 from 26 June to 11 July 1946. Other ships in the picture are USS Fremont (APA 44) on the left, USS Glynn (APA 239) forward of USS LSM 250 and USS ATA 186 is to the right.
    US Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3030-46, dated 22 August 1946
    Darryl Baker
    LSM-250 38k USS LSM 250 off Mare Island Naval Shipyard. LSM-250 was under repair at the shipyard from 14 June to 31 August 1946
    US Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3040-46, dated 22 August 1946
    Darryl Baker
    LSM-250 59k Stern view of USS LSM 250 departing Mare Island, 22 August 1946.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3039-46.
    Darryl Baker
    LSM-250 85k USS LSM 250 under way, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1046142.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-250 74k USS LSM 250 crew members, date and place unknown. LTC Bart Howard USA for his father Thomas B. Howard MM1/c USS LSM-250

    The history extract for USS LSM-250 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hodde, Ferdinand H., USNR7 December 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Ables, James Willard, USN00.11.1945 - 1946
    03LTjg. Ninow, Earl Helmuth, USN1946 - 1947
    04LTjg. Thompson, Ogden Louis, USN1947 - 1 June 1949
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS LSM-250 Deck Log, 7 December 1944 to 13 January 1945
    USS LSM-250 Air/Sea Rescue, 6 August 1945, Report dated 14 August 1945
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