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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-555 was transferred to Ecuador and named Tarqui
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 March 1945, at the US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 22 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LSM-555, 24 September 1945, LT. Edmund R. Murphy USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-555 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Fifteen;
    LSM Group Forty-Three;
    LSM Division Eighty-Six;
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 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
  • Transferred in November 1958 to Ecuador and named Tarqui
  • Assigned various pennant numbers from 1963: TD02 then T32 and T52
  • Final Disposition, struck by the Ecuadorian Navy and disposed of in 1987, 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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    USS LSM-555
    LSM-558 127k Charleston Navy Yard fitting out pier "C" looking north to river end. Shop field offices and Building Ways 1 and 2 in background on left. Pre-Commission Units present USS LSM-556, USS LSM-557, USS LSM-558 front row. Second row USS LSM-553, USS LSM-554 and USS LSM-555. Beyond the LSMs is USS Tidewater (AD-31).
    Charleston Navy Yard photo # 1997-45
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-555 52k USS LSM-555 underway, circa September 1945. location unknown. Submitted by John Donald Murphy
    to honor his father LT. Edmund Robert Murphy USNR, ex CO USS LSM-555, deceased.
    LSM-558 90k 19 LSMs at Green Cove Springs, FL., date unknown. Decommissioned ships present and identifiable are:
    Front Row: USS LSM-558, USS LSM-539, USS LSM-543 and USS LSM-544
    Second Row-?: USS LSM-413, USS LSM-542 and USS LSM-540
    Third Row: ?, ?, USS LSM-555 and ?.
    Al Edwards LSM-343 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    301k Decommissioned USS LSM-538, USS LSM-543, USS LSM-544 and USS LSM-555 moored in a nest in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, FL., 3 March 1946. Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
    Tarqui (TD01)
    LSM-555 69k Ex-USS LSM-555 in Ecuadorian naval service as Tarqui (TD01) at anchor, circa 1963, location unknown.
    Official Ecuadorian Navy photo.
    Submitted by John Donald Murphy
    to honor his father LT. Edmund Robert Murphy USNR, ex CO USS LSM-555, deceased.

    The history extract for USS LSM-555 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Murphy, Edmund R., USNR24 September 1945 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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