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USS LSM-493 (1945 - 1960)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS LSM-493 was transferred to Norway and named HNoRMS Vidar (N-46) later transferred to Turkey and renamed TCG Mürefte (N-105)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down at, 10 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX.
  • Launched, 30 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-493, 4 May 1945, LT. Lewis P. Walker Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-493 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Four;
    LSM Division Ninety;
  • Following World War II USS LSM-493 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 October to 13 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 November 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1952
  • Authorized for conversion in FY 1951 to a Coastal Mine Layer
  • Converted in Norway, conversion begun 6 February 1952, completed October 1952
  • Transferred, 4 October 1952, to Norway as HNoRMS Vidar (N-46)
  • Designation changed by US Navy, 1 October 1960, to MMC-14
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 1 November 1960, and transferred to Turkey and renamed TCG Mürefte (N-105)
  • Final Disposition, 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-493
    LSM-493 43k USS LSM-493 departing Guam for San Francisco, CA., circa 1946 Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-493 62k USS LSM-493 underway, date and location unknown. Donald Nash to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-493 60k USS LSM-493 underway, date and location unknown. Donald Nash to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-493 68k USS LSM-493 underway, date and location unknown. Donald Nash to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-493 55k USS LSM-493 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46. USS LSM-273 and USS LSM-313 is anchored in the background.
    US Navy photo # NH 79865 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    HNoRMS Vidar (N-46)
    LSM-493 61k Ex-USS LSM-493 in Norwegian service as HNoRMS Vidar (N-46) underway at Norfolk, VA., 7 November 1952. Note; she still carries her LSM side number in this photo.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    TCG Mürefte (N-105)
    LSM-493 1688k Line drawing of ex-USS LSM-493 in Turkish Naval service as TCG Mürefte (N-105) Cüneyt Demir

    The history for USS LSM-493 is based on an extract from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9), and The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Walker, Jr., Lewis P., USNR4 May 1945 - ?

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