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|Campaigns and Dates||Campaigns and Dates|
Ormoc Bay landings, 11 to 13 December 1944
|Consolidation of the southern Philippines
Sulu Archipelago landings, 2 to 4 April 1945 and 9 to 11 April 1945
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945
Balikpapan operations, 26 June to 6 July 1945
Mindanao Island landings, 10 March 1945
USS LSM-38 participated in the rescue of survivors of USS Reid (DD-369) in the Battle of the Leyte Gulf. Reid was sunk in less than two minutes after Kamikaze attacks. The survivors were being strafed in the water by Japanese aircraft. LSM-38 (along with other LSM's) were directed to pick up the survivors of the USS Reid during the strafing. The then (LT Harry S. Hooper) was awarded the Silver Star for heroism in the rescue of survivors during the intense Japanese attack.
USS LSM-38 was also the first landing ship to beach on Corregidor fulfilling General Douglas Mc Arthur's promise of "I shall return".
LT Hooper was wounded by Japanese mortar fire at Zamboanga sustaining a broken back and legs for which he was in a body cast for several weeks, before being shipped home to San Diego, CA. He spent the remainder of the War recovering from those wounds.
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|70k||USS LSM-38 and USS LSM-52 beached at Corregidor Island, Philippines, 17 February 1945.||USS LSM / LSMR Association|
|46k||USS LSM-38 beached, date and location unknown.||Eugene Campbell to the USS LSM / LSMR Association|
|95k||USS LSM-267, USS LSM-42 and USS LSM-38 beached at Morotai, Dutch East Indies, 16 June 1945||Robert Benner to the USS LSM / LSMR Association|
|37k||USS LSM-38 beached at Morotai, 21 June 1945. Members of the Australian 2/6 Field Regiment building a ramp of sandbags between LSM-38 and the shore at Red Beach. Units of the Australian 7 Division assembled at embarkation areas on Morotai for embarking on transports and landing craft for "OBOE II", the landing at Brunei Bay, Borneo, in June 1945.||Australian War Memorial|
|128k||USS LSM-38 and USS LSM-375 beached, date and location unknown.||USS LSM / LSMR Association|
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