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

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 30 April 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 21 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-24, 24 June 1944, LT. Andrew H Smith, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-24 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • At Okinawa LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison, USN (35);
    LSM Group Eight, LCDR. J. G. Blanche, USN (25);
    LSM Division Fifteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landing, 20 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 7 May 1945
    Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-24 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 September to 29 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1946 at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-24 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 27 February 1948, to Southeastern Pipe Line Co., Atlanta, GA, fate unknown
    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-24 86k USS LSM-24 moored in the Panama Canal Zone while transiting the Panama Canal on her way to joining the Pacific Fleet, circa late-1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-24 48k USS LSM-24 under way, with bow doors open, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-24 68k USS LSM-24 during under way refueling with USS LSM-184, date and location unknown. Al Noble CO USS LSM-24 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-24 70k USS LSM-24 pulls away from USS LSM-184 after completing a refueling evolution, date and location unknown. Al Noble CO USS LSM-24 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-24 62k
    LSM-135 403k USS LSM-24, USS LSM-135, LCT-1326 and other landing craft unloading cargo on Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, 24 April 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 080-G-321772, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Arthur Tarpinian, USS LSM-135
    LSM-134 92k USS LSM-134 flanked by USS LSM-220 and USS LSM-24 off her starboard side and USS LSM-15 off her port side, on the beach at Okinawa, circa early August 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 LSM-24 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Smith Jr., Andrew H., USNR24 June 1944 - 29 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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