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USS LSM-52


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Delta - Yankee
NVDY
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 (3)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 22 June 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 14 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-52, 14 August 1944, LT. Joseph H. Colquitt USNR in command
  • During World War II, USS LSM-52 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf Landing, 9 January 1945
    Borneo operation
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 to 14 June 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Nasugbu, 31 January 1945
    Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945
     
  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-52 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 28 November 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold, 12 November 1947, to W.R.& B.K. Parker, Houston, TX, 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-52 28k USS LSM-52 beached, date and location unknown Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father, George F. Crouse MoMM/1c USS LSM-52
    LSM-52 46k USS LSM-52 beached, date and location unknown Submitted by Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father, George F. Crouse MoMM/1c USS LSM-52
    LSM-28 61k USS LSM-28, USS LSM-29 and USS LSM-52 at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines, 9 January, 1945. LSM-29 is just visible in the background beyond the crane. Mike Solo, formerly Ensign, USNR, USS LSM 28
    LSM-52 70k USS LSM-52 and USS LSM-38 beached at Corregidor Island, Philippines, 17 February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-52 98k One of three (left) panoramic views from USS LSM-52 of the beach at Corregidor Island, Philippines, 17 February 1945. Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father, George F. Crouse MoMM/1c USS LSM-52
    LSM-52 42k Two of three (center) panoramic views from USS LSM-52 of the beach at Corregidor Island, Philippines, 17 February 1945. Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father, George F. Crouse MoMM/1c USS LSM-52
    LSM-52 40k Three of three (right) panoramic views from USS LSM-52 of the beach at Corregidor Island, Philippines, 17 February 1945. Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father, George F. Crouse MoMM/1c USS LSM-52
    LSM-52 21k Borneo: Brunei Bay Area, Labuan ,-10 June 1945 - General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander, Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific Area and Lieutenant General Sir Leslie J. Morshead, General Officer Commanding I Corps arriving on Labuan Island, soon after the Australian Landing in the area during the OBOE 6 operation. The landing party is disembarking from USS LST-941 LCVP #2. In the background is USS LSM-52
    Gary Crouse wrote "Before his death, Andrew Lee 'Andy', who served [in] LSM-52 as the Electrician’s Mate, and a close friend of my father’s, told me about the day the crew saw General MacArthur land at Borneo. I remembered my Dad talking about this while he was still alive as well. Andy did not have a picture of this event, but related how the crew lined the deck and got to see this event. He also included a little “footnote” to the event; MacArthur actually had to get back on the LST two, or three times until the photographers were satisfied they had enough pictures. (I can only imagine some of the comments being made by the crew of the LSM 52!). Photo Source - From the Australian War Memorial Collection (copyright expired)
    Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father, George F. Crouse MoMM/1c USS LSM-52
    LSM-52 85k USS LSM-52, port side view, date and location unknown Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father, George F. Crouse MoMM/1c USS LSM-52
    LSM-52,64,63,13 41k Photo taken from USS LSM 52 as she "nested" with (from left to right) USS LSM-64, USS LSM-63 and USS LSM-13.
    Photo from the George F Crouse Collection, photo No, A78.
    Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father, George F. Crouse MoMM/1c USS LSM-52
    LSM-52 138k USS LSM 52 and USS LSM-67 embarking Japanese Prisoners of War on Saturday, 6 October 1945 at Pulupandan Beach, Negros Island, Philippines.
    Photo A70 from the George F. Crouse collection.
    Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father, George F. Crouse MoMM/1c USS LSM-52
    LSM-375 302k Ex-USS LSM-52 inboard in a nest with ex-USS LSM-375 and two smaller craft (possibly LCIs) on the Sabine River circa late 1946. Note her 40mm mount has been removed.
    Photo from the files of Gulfport Boiler and Iron Works, Port Arthur, TX.
    Jim Swank

    The history extract for USS LSM-52 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Colquitt, Joseph H., USNR14 August 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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