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|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 26 April 1945
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|98k||USS LSM-9's brass nameplate. Currently in the collection of Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., LT. USN Ret.||Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9|
|95k||USS LSM-9's conning tower, with the CO, LT. Robert E. Olson at the conn. Note the ship's "Fighting Cat" insignia painted on the conning tower.||Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9|
|69k||USS LSM-9 enroute to Guam, late October-1944. Four of the five ship's officers on the conn, Left to right, LT. Rob Olson, Ens. Bob Sinclair, Ens. Van Fox, and Ens. Ray Biswanger. Not shown, Ens. Henry Badgett.||Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9|
|56k||USS LSM-9 beached at Manus, Admiralty Islands, with a non-war casualty, a drowned tank destroyer that didn't make it aboard, loading up for Lingayen Gulf, Christmas Day, 1944. Note the stern of LSM-14 is visible in the background.(See further details under "Personal Narrative.")||Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9|
|119k||USS LSM-9 early-April 1945, beached high and dry on the coral reef off Okinawa. For four days DUKW's and Army trucks hauled off our full load of ammunitions. Submersible pumps supplied needed water for our generators, and for flushing and fire fighting, through fire hoses.||Photo by Seymour M. Fimoff, QM2/c, USS LSM-9, submitted by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9|
|103k||USS LSM-9, USS LSM-242 and an unidentified LSM, beached at Okinawa while unloading across the beach.
Photos by Ronald J. Hughes EM3/c USS LSM-242.
|60k||USS LSM-9 beached at Tinian, mid-June 1945.||Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9|
|86k||USS LSM-9 beached at Tinian, mid-June 1945.||D.J. Martin SM3/c USS LSM-9 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association|
|98k||USS LSM-9 early-July 1945. Solomon Islanders greet the ship at Tulagi.||Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9|
|104k||USS LSM-9 departing Hawaii for California, 21 September 1945. Note the 60-foot-long "Homeward Bound" pennant flying from her mast and the canvas tent erected over the well deck for the shelter of the 120 sailor passengers heading home to the States with the crew of LSM-9||Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9|
|39k||USS LSM-9 underway, date and location unknown.||Photo courtesy Albert T. Harris USS LST-71 collection|
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