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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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 22 August 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 15 September 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-83, 8 October 1944, ENS. Albert F. Christener USN in command
During World War II USS LSM-83 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis, USN (23);
LSM Group Twenty-Five, LCDR. L. Brouwer, USN;
LSM Division Forty-Nine and participated in the following campaign:
Following World War II USS LSM-83 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|11 to 24 September 1945
|7 October to 24 November 1945
Decommissioned, 22 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-83 earned one battle star for World War II service
Sold, 10 November 1947, to Capitol Salvage & Sales Co., Edgewater, N.J. for commercial service
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1961
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-83 under way, date and location unknown.
||Ken Roberts to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
USS LSM-137 at Cebu, P.I., to transport the US Army Americal Division to Yokohama, Japan 30 August 1945. In the background are;
USS LSM-4, and
Photo was taken from USS LSM-186
||Photo by Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
||USS LSM-83 moored to port of USS LST-53 at Kerama Rhetto, circa late-May early-June 1945. Off the starboard side of the LST is the hulk of the decommissioned USS Barry (APD-29) and the fleet ocean tug USS Lipan (ATF-85). Barry was used as a decoy ship to lure suicide planes into burned out ships. Lipan's job was to tow her.
||Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
The history extract for USS LSM-83 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||ENS. Christener, Albert F., USN||8 October 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Johnson, Van H., USNR||December 1945 - 22 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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