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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Echo - Zulu
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 (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 14 July 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston TX.
Launched, 5 August 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-65, 3 September 1944, LT. Leonard D. Stephens USN in command
During World War II USS LSM-65 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
|Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
Palawan Islands landings, 28 February to 1 March 1945
Visayan Island landings, 18 to 19 March, and 26 March to 1 April 1945
|Manila Bay - Bicol operations
Zambales-Subic Bay Operation, 31 January 1945
Brunei Bay operation, 10 to 14 June 1945
Decommissioned, 8 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold, 14 August 1947, to Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
USS LSM-65 earned four battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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-65, USS LSM-54 and
USS LCI(L)-963 preparing to beach at Nasugbu, Luzon, P.I., 31 January 1945.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-3153 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-65 and USS LSM-53 beached at Mindoro, P.I. circa February 1945.
Photo courtesy Rene J. Fournier USS LSM-54
||USS LSM-65 and USS LSM-364, at San Diego, circa January-February 1946.
||Photo by Gene Brunman USS LSM-125
The history for USS LSM-65 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Stephens, Leonard D., USNR||3 September 1944 - 29 July 1945|
|02||LT. Horman, Sidney L., USNR||29 July 1945 - 6 November 1945|
|03||LTjg. McGary, Malcolm C., USNR||6 November 1945 - 8 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
USS LSM-LSMR Association
Last updated 19 May 2018
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|