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November - Victor - Charlie - Yankee
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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
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
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)
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-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).
|01||LT. Hollwell Jr., Grover C., USNR||21 July 1944 - 15 August 1945|
|02||LT. Baumann, Ross V., LT USNR||15 August 1945 - December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Cavin, Alva F., LTJG USNR||December 1945 - 13 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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