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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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
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
Hulk donated to the Government of the Ryukyu Islands, 10 July 1957
Final Disposition, raised in 1957 and scuttled off shore in deep water
USS LSM-15 earned two battle stars for World War II service
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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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||USS LSM-15 beached at Okinawa, circa early-April 1945.
||Don Nolde USS LSM-15 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-134 flanked by LSM-220 and 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 DANFS history extract for LSM-15 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9) .
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 17 October 2014
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