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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 14 March 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 24 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-8, 26 May 1944, LTjg. James J. O'Hora, USNR in command
  • USS LSM-8 was the first LSM to transit the Panama Canal from the Atlantic side to the Pacific side, on 9 July 1944
  • During WWII USS LSM-8 was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • After the Luzon operation LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Seven, LCDR. C. A. Lamborn USNR;
    LSM Division Thirteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 April 1946, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-8 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold 29 December 1947 to Georgia Marine Salvage Co., Inc., Brunswick, GA. and converted to a barge, 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-8 86k USS LSM-8 beached in the Philippines, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association courtesy Lt. Edgar M. Workman. C.O USS LSM-8
    LSM-8 63 USS LSM-8 beached in the Philippines, date and location unknown. Dave Kraft to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-185 875k USS LSM-8 and USS LSM-185 beached , date and location, unknown. Photo by William Bohmert USS LSM-185
    LSM-8 81k USS LSM-8 beached, date and location unknown. (Note, Homeward Bound pennant.) Submitted by C. Findlay in behalf of Lyman D. Hansen USS LSM-8 in memory of Lonnie Holmes USS LSM-8
    LSM-8 53k USS LSM-8 underway in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 79720 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.H. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-8 107k USS LSM-8 beached at a ramp, date and location unknown. Submitted by C. Findlay in behalf of Lyman D. Hansen USS LSM-8 in memory of Lonnie Holmes USS LSM-8

    The history extract for USS LSM-8 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
    Commanding Officers
    01 LTjg. O'Hora, James J., USNR 26 May 1944 - September 1945
    02 LT. Burley, Lawrence A., USNR September 1945 - January 1946
    03 LTjg. Workman, Edgar M., USNR January 1946 - 29 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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