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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) [Ormoc Bay, P.I., 7 December 1944]
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Purple Heart (1-KIA Ormoc Bay, P.I., 7 December 1944)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 10 April 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 7 May 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-18, 14 June 1944, LT. William B. Wilder USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-18 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 13 October to 29 November 1944
Ormoc landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
|Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, 10 March, 17 April to 23, April and , 10 to 16 May 1945
Lingayen Gulf landings, 16 to 18 January 1945
Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 6 July 1945
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Mariveles-Corregidor landings, 14 to 28 February 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-18 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 to 23 September 1945
Decommissioned, 26 March 1946, at Terminal Island, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
USS LSM-18 earned five battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold to A. G. Schoonmaker Co, N.Y., 16 February 1947, for conversion to a barge
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-18 at left and USS LSM-51 at right unloading at Ormoc Bay, Philippine Islands, 7 December 1944.
US Navy photo # NH 26580.
|Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-18 approaching the beach, date and location unknown. At far right is another LSM which is unidentified.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-18 and USS LSM-138 unloading over the beach at Zamboanga, Mindanao, 1 April 1945.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-359833, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy Ken Roberts.
|Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-18 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
|01||LT. Wilder, William B., USNR||14 June 1944 - November 1945|
|02||LTjg. McKenzie, Donald Eugene, USN||November 1945 - 26 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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