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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 - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched,date unknown
  • Commissioned USS LSM-8, 26 May 1944, LTjg James J. O'Hora, USNR in command
  • 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 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)
  • Final Disposition, sold 29 December 1947 to Georgia Marine Salvage Co., Inc., Brunswick, GA. and converted to a barge, fate unknown
  • USS LSM-8 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
    Armament one single 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
    Troop Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

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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 DANFS 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) .

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

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