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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation 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-251, 31 December 1944, LT. Randall M. Snow USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-251 was assigned the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22);
    LSM Group Thirty-Five, LCDR. W. K. Bradbury USNR;
    LSM Division Sixty-Nine
  • Following World War II USS LSM-251 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    30 September to 29 November 194530 September to 29 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 22 May 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Donated, 17 February 1948, to Port of Newport Authority, Newport, OR., eventually sold to Humble Oil & Refining Co., and converted to a barge
  • Final Disposition, sunk, 25 November 1961 off Government Point, CA.
    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-251 48k LSM-251 moored outboard of LSM-391 pierside at Tientsin, China, October 1945. Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-279 73 LSM-251 moored outboard of LSM-391 and forward of LSM-279 and an unidentified LSM at Tientsin, China, October 1945. Richard Schatz MoMM3/c USS LSM-279 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-251 69k LSM-251 under way off San Diego, CA., date unknown, a Ted Stone photo. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-251 51k LSM-251 moored in a nest of eight LSMs, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1046163.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-251 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Snow, Randall M., USNR31 December 1944 - September 1945
    02LTjg. Hoppers, James E., USNRSeptember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Harris, J. W., USNR March 1946 - June 1946
    04LT. Cullen Jr., Matthew Arthur, USN (USNA 1944)June 1946 - 22 May 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

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