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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 14 November 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Christened and Launched, 30 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-426, 27 January 1945, LT. Charles C. Crouch Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-426 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Thirteen, LCDR C. L. Weigle USN (27);
    LSM Group Thirty-Nine, LCDR. J. M. Rose;
    LSM Division Seventy-Eight;
  • Following World War II USS LSM-426 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    22 September 1945 to 25 November 1946 
    18 July 1946 - 23 May 194718 July 1946 - 23 May 1947

  • Decommissioned, 17 September 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 23 December 1947, to Foss Launch & Tug Co., Seattle, WA.
  • 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 Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, 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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    149k LSM-426 Christening party on the launching platform, 30 December 1944, from left to right; Melvin Sanner, Foreman of the Landing Craft Hull Division, Dravo Shipbuilding, Wilmington, DE., daughter Patricia Sanner, (now Boyce) and the ship's sponsor his wife Mrs. Mary Sanner. Keith Boyce
    LSM-426 57k LSM-426 launch at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 30 December 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-426 55k USS LSM-426 moored to a buoy with an unidentified LSM, date and location unknown. Kenneth M. Thompson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-426 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Crouch Jr., Charles C., USNR27 January 1945 - ?

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