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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Lingayen Gulf landing) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 23 March 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 30 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-14, 1 June 1944, ENS. William W. Xanders USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-14 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • At Okinawa 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 Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-14 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 28 September 194529 September to 10 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 6 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-14 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Fairbanks Morse & Co., Chicago, IL, 13 January 1948
    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 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.
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 2,800shp

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    LSM-14 85k USS LSM-14 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-14 61k USS LSM-14 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-14 94k USS LSM-14 and USS LSM-9 (behind) beached for "recreation duty," Cape Gloucester, New Britain, November-December 1944. Photo taken from the bridge over the Unamei River where the crews often swam. Photo by the late Seymour M. Fimoff, QM2/c USS LSM-9, submitted by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9
    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. Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9
    LSM-14 119k USS LSM-14 in the background as a bulldozer comes ashore in Lingayen Gulf, 29 January 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 89363. Courtesy of Robert O. Baumrucker, 1978.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LSM-14 84k USS LSM-14 and LCI(L)-869 entering a floating drydock at Guam in 1946. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-14 76k USS LSM-14 under way in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 81396. Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    The history extract for USS LSM-14 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Xanders, William W., USNR1 June 1944 - September 1945
    02LT. Athay, Frederick W., USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Little, Robert R., USNRDecember 1945 - 6 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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