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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 30 April 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 21 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-25, 26 June 1944, ENS. Ralph D. Cline, USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-25 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • At Okinawa LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Seven, LCDR. C. A. Lamborn USNR;
    LSM Division Fourteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 26 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1945, at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • USS LSM-25 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, circa October-November 1946, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.
    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
    landing, 5' 3"
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 12.5 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    one twin bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
    six single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    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.
    two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers 2,800shp

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    LSM-25 262k USS LSM-25 with a load of gun powder cannisters and shells destined for USS Washington (BB-56), circa 1944 Tom Snyder
    LSM-154 117k USS LSM-154, USS LSM-312 and USS LSM-25, beached at Saipan, Marianas Islands to take on supplies, date unknown. Dan Kovalchik in honor of his father, SK2 John "Tiny" Kovalchik USS LSM-154
    LSM-25 45k USS LSM-25 beached at Okinawa, April 1945. Other ships present include USS LSM-13 and USS LST-660. Photo by Richard Humpert USS LST-660, submitted by his grandson Matt Schneider
    LSM-25 69k USS LSM-25 beached at Ie Shima, circa April 1945 Tom Snyder
    LSM-25 183k
    LSM-25 59k USS LSM-25 under way near Hickam Field Wharf, Pearl Harbor, T.H., 21 September 1945. Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9
    LSM-25 132k USS LSM-25 under way and homeward bound, circa 1946. Tom Snyder

    The history for USS LSM-25 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Cline, Ralph Dale, USN26 June 1944 - October 1944
    02LT. Repine, Joseph C., USNROctober 1944 - November 1945
    03LTjg. Barrett, Frederick, P., USNRNovember 1945 - 18 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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