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USS LSM-83


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Golf - India
NVGI
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 and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
  • Following World War II USS LSM-83 performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • Decommissioned, 22 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold ,10 November 1947, to Capitol Salvage & Sales Co., Edgewater, N.J. for commercial service
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1961
  • USS LSM-83 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    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 AA gun mount
    four single 20mm AA 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-83 65k LSM-83 underway, date and unknown. Ken Roberts to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-137 316k USS LSM-137 at Cebu, P.I., to transport the Americal division to Yokohama, Japan 30 August 1945. In the background are; USS LSM-256, USS LSM-107, USS LSM-177, USS LSM-212, USS LSM-83, USS LSM-82, USS LSM-134, USS LSM-4, and USS LSM-17, Photo was taken from USS LSM-186 Photo by Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
    LSM-83 51k 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 DANFS 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).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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