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USS LSM-23


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Bravo - Sierra
NVBS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) [Surigao Strait, P.I., 5 December 1944] - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (8-KIA Surigao Strait, P.I., 5 December 1944)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, date unknown Commissioned USS LSM-23, 23 June 1944, LTjg Karl K. Hickman, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-23 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 October to 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay Landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
  • Following World War II USS LSM-23 was assigned to Occupations service from 29 September to 29 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1946 at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 12 February 1948, to Hill Dredging Corp., Ventnor, N.J., fate unknown
  • USS LSM-23 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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 displacement)

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    LSM-23 57k USS LSM-23 in the far distance and USS LST-204 beached at Leyte, D-Day, 20 October 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-23 43k USS LSM-23 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-23 109k USS LSM-23 beached, date and location unknown. Tim Donovan to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-23 58k USS LSM-23 beached, date and location unknown. Tim Donovan to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-23 762k Japanese Prisoners of War unload USS LSM-23, probably at Kerama Retto in May 1945. Photo by PhoM 2/C Paul D. Guttman. Robert Guttman for his father PhoM 2/C Paul D. Guttman
    LSM-23 56k USS LSM-23 in convoy from Manila to Japan about 26 September 1945. Ralph E. Robinson USS LSM-34
    Commercial Service
    LSM-23 69k possibly ex LSM-23 in commercial service on the upper Yangtze River, China, 1987. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-23 75k possibly ex LSM-23 in commercial service on the upper Yangtze River, China, 1987. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-23 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

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