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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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 30 April 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 21 May 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-26, 27 June 1944, LT. Jack O. Karlberg, USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-26 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
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 campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 17 June 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-26 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 October 1945 to 28 February 1947
Decommissioned, 28 February 1947, at Sasebo, Japan
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-26 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, stripped and scuttled, 24 March 1947
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-26 and USS LSM-56 beached at Okinawa in April 1945.
||Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM/LSMR Association
||USS LSM-87, USS LSM-135 and USS LSM-26 beached at Ie Shima, early May 1945.
||Charles Bawman to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-26 and USS LSM-22 beached at Talomo, Mindanao, P.I., May 1945.
||Gorden Bores, to the LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-7 and USS LSM-26 moored, date and location unknown.
||Jack Brooks to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-26 in Leyte Gulf, P.I., July 1945.
||Victor Kierman to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-26's stern is just visible at the far right in this photo of LSM-50 and LSM-259 and an unidentified LSM beached probably in the Philippines, date and place unknown. Note the local population going about their business on the beach oblivious to the US Navy's presence.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-26 and USS LSM-294 beached, date and location unknown
||William Palmer for his father Nicholas Palmer USS LSM-443
The history extract for LSM-26 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Karlberg, Jack O., USNR||27 June 1944 - July 1944|
|02||LT. Steinharter, Robert Bernard, USNR||July 1944 - February 1945|
|03||ENS. Stevens, Clifford, USN||February 1945 - August 1945|
|04||LTjg. McMillen Jr., Clark A., USNR||August 1945 - March 1946|
|05||LTjg. Cooke, John F., USNR||March 1946 - May 1946|
|06||ENS. Vedder, Fred J., USNR||May 1946 - June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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