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November - Victor - Delta - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Iwo Jima-19Feb-16Mar 1945) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 6 June 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 30 June 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-44, 28 July 1944, LT. Bernard A. Rubin USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-44 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
LSM Group Thirteen, LCDR. T. F. Griswold USNR;
LSM Division Twenty-Five and participated in the following campaign:
Following World War II USS LSM-44 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East from 15 September to 20 November 1945
Decommissioned, 17 May 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-44 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, 8 February 1949, to Crowley Launch & Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA., fate unknown
|Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 February to 16 March 1945
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-44 port midships view. Underway off Brown Ship Building Co. Inc, Shipyard, Houston, TX., circa July 1944. LSM-44 is painted Camouflage Measure 31, Design 10L.
US Navy photo.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-44 beached, date and location unknown.
Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
||USS LSM-44 loaded with equipment just off the beach during the Invasion of Iwo Jima on 3 February 1945. Mount Suribachi, on the islands southern end, rises just above the ship's bow. Note the signal mast has been fitted with an SL radar antenna and that the ship's camouflage paint is severely weathered by long exposure the sea.
Real War Photos
||USS LSM-44 approaching USS Samaritan (AH-10) with Marine casualties from Iwo Jima, 23 February 1945. Note Mount Suribachi in the background.
US Navy photo
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-44 beached at Iwo Jima in February1945.
||Martin Nichols to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for LSM-44 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Rubin, Bernard A., USNR||28 July 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Pantel, Donald, USNR||December 1945 - 17 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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