Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Charlie - Echo
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 - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 7 May 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 28 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-29, 3 July 1944, LT. Richard E. Jesson, USN in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-29 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 landings, 20 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 17 June 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-29 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 September to 23 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 27 February 1946, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • USS LSM-29 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold 26 September 1946, to Parker Bros., & Co., Houston, TX, 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

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    LSM-28 61k USS LSM-28, USS LSM-29 and USS LSM-52 at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 9 January, 1945. USS LSM-29 is just visible in the background beyond the crane. ENS. Mike Solo, USNR, USS LSM 28
    LSM-29 53k USS LSM-29 beached, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM/LSMR Association
    LSM-29 112k USS LSM-29 beached, date and location unknown. Philip Read for his father Lt. William Marsden Read III
    LSM-29 183k USS LSM-29 moored at the seaplane base at Hiro Wan, near Hiroshima, 7 October 1945.
    Photos taken from USS LST-1135 by T/Sgt L. L. Craft, US Army, 1096th Signal Co., Aviation.
    Keith Brooker
    LSM-29 684k
    LSM-29 60k USS LSM-29 riding at anchor with elements of the US Pacific Fleet at Guam in August 1945. F.H. Meldoun to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for LSM-29 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jesson, Richard Eugene, USN3 July 1944 - December 1944
    02LTjg. Roberts, Edwin H., USNR December 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Beck, Loren L., USNR December 1945 - 27 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Back To the Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Landing Ship Medium (LSM) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last updated 27 April 2018