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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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 28 May 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 22 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-39, 21 July 1944, LTjg. Grover C. Hollwell Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-39 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Ormoc Bay landings, 11 to 13 December 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 March 1945, and 10 to 16 May 1945
    Sulu Archipelago landings, 2 to 4 April 1945 and 9 to 11 April 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan Operations, 26 June to 6 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-39 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 October to 23 NOvember 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 March 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Sold, December 1946, to J.C. Berkwit & Co., New York, N.Y.
  • USS LSM-39 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, 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

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    LSM-39 15k USS LSM-39 beached and off loading equipment, date and location unknown. Paul Burket USS LSM-341

    The history extract for USS LSM-39 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hollwell Jr., Grover C., USNR21 July 1944 - 15 August 1945
    02LT. Baumann, Ross V., LT USNR15 August 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Cavin, Alva F., LTJG USNRDecember 1945 - 13 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

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