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USS LSM-38


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Charlie - Whiskey
NVCW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards

Silver Star -LT. Harry S Hooper, Leyte Gulf
Purple Heart LT. Harry S Hooper at Zamboanga

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 21 May 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched 14 June, 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-38, 20 July 1944, LT. Harry S. Hooper, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-38 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Leyte operation
    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
    Borneo operations
    Balikpapan operations, 26 June to 6 July 1945
    Luzon operation
    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.
  • Decommissioned, 28 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 18 May 1948, to Jefferson Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN, for conversion to a barge
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LSM-38 earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
    Armament one single 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
    Troop Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws, Endurance, 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

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    LSM-52 70k USS LSM-38 and USS LSM-52 beached at Corregidor Island, Philippines, 17 February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-38 46k USS LSM-38 beached, date and location unknown. Eugene Campbell to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-267 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
    LSM-38 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
    LSM-375 128k USS LSM-38 and USS LSM-375 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-38 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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