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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Foxtrot - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive-Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 21 July 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 14 August 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-70, 13 September 1944, ENS. Raymond C. Whalin USN in command
During World War II USS LSM-70 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
LSM Group Fifteen, LCDR. A. H. Hall USNR;
LSM Division Twenty-Nine and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima 19 February
Following World War II USS LSM-70 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|5 to 28 September 1945
|8 October to 4 December 1945
Decommissioned, 1 May 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-70 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 February 1948, to Hugo Neu Corp., New York, N.Y.
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-70 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Bill Bovin to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for LSM-70 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||ENS. Whalin, Raymond Chester, USN||13 September 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Yankie, William R., USNR||December 1945 - 1 May 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
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