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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 (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 14 July 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 5 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-64, 1 September 1944, LT. Stevens B. Whitehead USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-64 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
    Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945
    Borneo operations
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 to 14 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-64 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold, 19 February 1948, to R. J. MacCallum, Compton, CA. and modified for use as a towboat, Official Number (277141), renamed Captain J.G. Van Ness
  • Current Disposition, resold to Tidewater Barge Lines, Vancouver, WA., rebuilt and renamed Tidewater, in 1982, in commercial service on the Columbia and Snake Rivers'
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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-64
    LSM-64 206 USS LSM-64, beached during the invasion of the Philippines. Note General MacArthur in the foreground. Dan Kovalchik
    LSM-64 41k USS LSM-64, beached and unloading, date and place unknown.
    Photo from the George F. Crouse Collection, photo No, D09.
    Submitted by Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father
    George F. Crouse who served as a MoMM/1 LSM-52
    LSM-52,64,63,13 41k Nested left to right USS LSM-64, USS LSM-63, and USS LSM-13 Photo taken from USS LSM 52, date and location unknown.
    Photo from the George F Crouse Collection, photo No, a78.
    Submitted by Gary F. Crouse, in honor of his father
    George F. Crouse who served as a MoMM/1 LSM-52
    LSM-63 28k Australian personnel and equipment of the 7th Division are being loaded aboard USS LSM 63 and USS LSM-64 at No. 1 dock jetty at Morotai, Borneo, 10 June 1945. These ships, and the Army Air Force B24 Liberators, overhead, are part of Operation OBOE 2.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No.109864
    Mike Green
    LSM-64 60k Members of 1 Beach Group are unloading a Jeep from USS LSM-64 at Labaun Island Brown Beach 2 on June 10, 1945. The landing here occurred after the OBOE 6 Operation Landings by members of the 9th Division.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 111165
    Mike Green
    LSM-497 50k USS LSM-64 and sixteen additional LSMs moored at Apra Guam, waiting for orders to return to the United State, January 1946. Other LSMs that can be identified are USSLSM-286, USS LSM-497, USS LSM-203, USS LSM-219, USS LSM-68. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Commercial Service
    LSM-64 67k ex USS LSM-64 in service as a towboat on the Columbia River, prior to being rebuilt and renamed Captain J.G. Van Ness in 1958. Ron Gray/Captain
    LSM-64 89k Captain J.G. Van Ness on the Columbia River, 1973, prior to being rebuilt and renamed Tidewater in 1982. Ron Gray/Captain
    LSM-64 63k Towboat Tidewater, in the lock at The Dalles Dam. date unknown. Ron Gray/Captain
    LSM-64 62k Tidewater at Ice Harbor Lock & Dam on the Columbia River, 15 September 1999 Ron Gray/Captain
    LSM-64 39k Tidewater at right and ex USS LSM-310 towboat The Legend at left, Columbia River, date unknown/ Ron Gray/Captain

    The history extract for USS LSM-64 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Whitehead, Stevens B., USNR1 September 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Senteney, George W., USNRDecember 1945 - February 1946
    03LTjg. Van de Riet, Harry J., USNRFebruary 1946 - June 1946
    04ENS. Wright, John C., USNRJune 1946 - 21 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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