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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 13 November 1944, at U.S. Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 12 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-389, 31 January 1945, LT. Frank Grace, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-389 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eleven;
    LSM Group Thirty-Two;
    LSM Division Sixty-Four
  • Following World War II USS LSM-389 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    21 September to 30 October 1945 
    14 September 1945 to 12 April 194614 September 1945 to 12 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Sold, December 1958, to Fleet Storage Co., New York, N.Y.
  • Final Disposition, 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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LSM-396 88k LSM-308, and LSM-396 at the fitting out piers at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. Other ships in this photo include
    LSM 389,
    Ray K. Edwards
    Arthur L. Bristol (APD-97),
    Truxtun (APD-98)

    and Upham (APD-99).
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo # 132-46, dated 10 January 1945.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-389 64k USS LSM-389 under way, date and location unknown. Submitted by Hugh L. Hudson, Jr., RM/2c, USS LSM-467, and USS LSM-49, from the collection of Gordan D. Dorian, RM2/c, USS LSM-377
    LSM-389 61k USS LSM-389 beached, date and location unknown. To her starboard is an unidentified beached LST. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    82k USS LSM-389 underway in the Panama Canal, circa 1945. Photo taken from USS LSM-301. Barry W. Smith for his father William P. Smith RM3 USS LSM-301.

    The history extract for USS LSM-389 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Grace, Frank, USNR31 January 1945 - October 1945
    02LTjg. Hicks, Robert B., USNROctober 1945 - 20 June 1946

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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