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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal (3)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-40, 24 July 1944, LTjg Carl L. Garrett, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-40 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 March 1945 and 24 to 31 March 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

  • Decommissioned, 5 April 1946, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold 28 November 1947, to Edward F. Jardine, Atlantic City, NJ, fate unknown
  • LSM-40 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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
    one single bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
    four single 20mm AA 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-40 277k LSM-40 beached at Leyte, P.I., date unknown. Jerry Shebell to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-40 57k LSM-40 underway, date and location unknown. Jerry Shebell to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-40 67k LSM-40, LST-459 and an unidentified LCT beached at Jolo, Sulu Archipelago, P-Day, 9 April 1945.
    US Army Signal Corps. photo # SC266347
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-40 89k LST-459, LSM-40 beached at Jolo, Sulu Archipelago, P-Day, 9 April 1945. In the background are also two LCTs.
    US Army Signal Corps. photo # SC266350
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-40 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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