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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 20 March 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 24 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-7, 29 May 1944, LT. Herman A. Spindt Jr., USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-7 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla One, LCDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
    LSM Group Two (flagship), LCDR. H. G. Maxey USNR;
    LSM Division Three and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-7 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 7 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 11 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-7 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 24 November 1947
  • Sold, 24 November 1947, to Mechanical Equipment Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • 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
    landing, 5' 3"
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 12.5 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    one twin bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
    six single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    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.
    two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers 2,800shp

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    LSM-7 36k USS LSM-7 in convoy from Manila to Japan about 26 September 1945. Ralph Robinson LSM 34
    LSM-7 72k USS LSM-7 and USS LSM-26 moored, date and location unknown. Jack Brooks to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for LSM-7 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Spindt Jr., Herman A., USNR29 May 1944 - 4 November 1945
    02LTjg. Grun, Rudolf, USNR4 November 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Eason, D. W., USNRMarch 1946 - 11 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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