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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Individual Awards

Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive to crew members attached during Lingayen Gulf landing)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Shipbuilding Co, Houston, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-14, 1 June 1944, Ens. William W. Xanders, USNR in command
  • During WWII LSM-14 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 6 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final disposition, sold for scrapping to Fairbanks Morse & Co., Chicago, IL, 13 January 1948
  • LSM-14 earned one battle star for World War II service

    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" o.a.
    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
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    LSM-14 85k LSM-14 underway, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-14 61k LSM-14 beached, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-14 94k LSM-14 and 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 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 84k LSM-14 and LCI(L)-869 entering a floating drydock at Guam in 1946. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-14 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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