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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 10 April 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 7 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-15, 2 June 1944, LTjg. Parker N. Davies, USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-15 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater 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, 26 March to 7 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-15 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 4 September 1945
    24 September to 9 October 1945

  • Sunk, 9 October 1945, during typhoon "Louise" in the channel entrance to Buckner Bay
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
  • USS LSM-15 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Hulk donated to the Government of the Ryukyu Islands, 10 July 1957
  • Final Disposition, raised in 1957 and scuttled off shore in deep water
    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-15 63k USS LSM-15 beached at Okinawa, circa early-April 1945. Don Nolde USS LSM-15 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-134 92k USS LSM-134 flanked by USS LSM-220 and USS LSM-24 off her starboard side and LSM-15 off her port side, on the invasion beaches at Okinawa, circa early-April 1945.
    US Navy photo
    John Finch LSM-26
    Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-15 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Davies, Parker N., USNR2 June 1944 - September 1945
    02LT. Burdette, Charles W., USNRSeptember 1945 - 9 October 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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