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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 7 July 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 29 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-61, 2 September 1944, LTjg. Charles A. Miller, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-61 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and Occupation of Okinawa Gunto,

  • Following World War II USS LSM-61 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 September to 10 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 March 1946, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold in May 1947 to Angelo Conti Inc., New York, N.Y., fate unknown
  • USS LSM-61 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
    Armament 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-61 49k USS LSM-61, USS LSM-221 and USS LSM-165 beached at Botangas Bay, P.I., circa August-September 1945. William Lewis to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-61 61k USS LSM-61 beached, date and location unknown. Robert Benner to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-154 165k USS LSM-154 (at left), USS LSM-61 (center) and an unidentified LSM (right), beached at Senami, Honshu Island, Japan, circa late-1945-early-1946. Dan Kovalchik in honor of his father, SK2 John "Tiny" Kovalchik USS LSM-154

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-61 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

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