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USS LSM-46


International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Iwo Jima) - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (4-KIA, 13-WIA, 23 February 1945, Iwo Jima)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 6 June 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 30 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-46, 1 August 1944, LT. Frederick R. Edwards, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-46 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945

  • Decommissioned, 18 March 1946, at Norfolk, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • USS LSM-46 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 23 October 1948, to Charles N. Wilson, East Saint Johns, New Brunswick, Canada, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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
    Armament
    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)
    Propulsion
    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-46 44k USS LSM-46 pre-commissioning detail at Amphibious Training Base, Little Creek, VA. prior to picking up the ship at Houston. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 83k USS LSM-46 builders plate. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 70k USS LSM-46 underway, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-46 47k USS LSM-46 crew preparing to sit down to Christmas dinner, December 1944. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 88k USS LSM-46 Commanding Officer, LT. Edwards, inspects his crew during Captain's Inspection, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 60k US LSM-46 Commanding Officer, LT. Edwards, inspects his crew during Captain's Inspection, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 79k USS LSM-46 officers, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 80k USS LSM-46 part of crew at inspection, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 37k USS LSM-46 crew receiving pre-invasion briefing prior to landing at Iwo Jima. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 87k USS LSM-46 beached at Iwo Jima. 19 February 1945. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 47k USS LSM-46 unloads at tank onto the beach at Iwo Jima, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 47k US LSM-46 off the beachhead at Iwo Jima as Marines reload supplies from a larger ship into the LSM for the run into the beach, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 93k USS LSM-46 transporting wounded Marines from the beach to a hospital ship waiting off shore in the transport area at Iwo Jima, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 49k USS LSM-46 transporting wounded Marines from the beach to a hospital ship waiting off shore in the transport area at Iwo Jima, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    Samaritan 68k USS Samaritan (AH-10) off Iwo Jima in February 1945. USS LSM-46 has just shoved off after delivering wounded Marines to the hospital ship and is returning to the beach to collect additional wounded Marines. Photo was taken from LSM-46 by Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 87k USS LSM-46 beached at Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. In the foreground 4th Division Marines are taking cover on the beach as best they can.
    US Navy photo # NH 65312 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-46 58k USS LSM-46 and LSM-145 beached at Iwo Jima, circa February 1945. Joe Helmstetter to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-46 62k USS LSM-46 beached at Iwo Jima, 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-46 96k USS LSM-46 off-loading a tank at Iwo Jima, 1945. Joe Helmstetter to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-46 111k USS LSM-46 crew during stand down after the Iwo Jima campaign, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 58k Damage sustained by USS LSM-46 at Iwo Jima, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 61k USS LSM-46 in dry dock. Her starboard side being repaired after being hit by friendly fire from a disabled and abandoned tank. Part of the detonator was found in a mattress in the forward crew compartment Charles J. Sturm, USS LSM-46
    Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing USS LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-46 82k USS LSM-46 underway while the crew stands down after the Invasion of Iwo Jima, date and place unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    LSM-46 28k Three USS LSM-46 crew members show off their souvenir Japanese flag from Iwo Jima, date and place unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-46 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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    LSM-46 Iwo Jima Action Report
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