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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)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

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, LTjg. Bernard A. Rubin, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-44 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 9 February to 16 March 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 8 February 1949, to Crowley Launch & Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA., fate unknown
  • USS LSM-44 earned one battle star 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 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-44 71k 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
    LSM-44 80k USS LSM-44 beached, date and location unknown. Peter Nisotis,
    Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-44 58k 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
    Gerd Matthes
    LSM-44 106k 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
    LSM-44 49k USS LSM-44 beached at Iwo Jima in February1945. Martin Nichols to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-44 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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