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USS LSM-490 (1945 - 1960)

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

USS LSM-490 was transferred to Turkey and named TCG Meriç (N-102)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX., 3 March 1945
  • Launched, 24 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-490, 28 April 1945, LTjg. William D. Kerwin USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-490 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Four;
    LSM Division Eighty-Seven;
  • Decommissioned, 23 May 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 September 1952
  • Authorized for conversion in FY 1951 to a Coastal Mine Layer
  • Converted at Todd Shipyards, Hoboken, N.J., conversion begun, 6 February, 1952, completed, October 1952
  • Transferred, 6 October 1952, to Turkey as TCG Meriç (N-102)
  • Reclassified MMC-12, 1 October 1960, by the US Navy
  • Decommissioned by the Turkish Navy, 27 May 1988
  • Struck from the Turkish Navy list in 1988
  • Final Disposition, hulk cannibalized, fate unknown
    LSM Specifications:
    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
    MMC Specifications (modifications):
    Displacement 1,110 t.(fl)
    Draft 8' 3" (max.)
    Speed 12 kts. (design)
    Complement 70
    Armament two twin 40mm gun mounts, two single 20mm gun mounts

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    USS LSM-490
    LSM-490 356k USS LSM-490 under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo Kennerly Grayson, USS LSM-490.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    TCG Meriç (N-102)
    LSM-490 62k Ex-USS LSM-490 in Turkish naval service as TCG Meriç (N-102), 7 November 1952. Note; she is still carrying her LSM side number.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-490 61k TCG Meriç (N-102) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Yucel M. Umar CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
    LSM-490 55k TCG Meriç (N-102) underway, date and location unknown. Cüneyt Demir

    The history for USS LSM-490 is based on an extract from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Kerwin, William D., USNR28 April 1945 - ?

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