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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 1945||30 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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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 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-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 under way off San Diego, CA., date unknown, a Ted Stone photo.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||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).
|01||LT. Snow, Randall M., USNR||31 December 1944 - September 1945|
|02||LTjg. Hoppers, James E., USNR||September 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Harris, J. W., USNR ||March 1946 - June 1946|
|04||LT. Cullen Jr., Matthew Arthur, USN (USNA 1944)||June 1946 - 22 May 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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