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USS LSM-87


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Golf - Quebec
NVGQ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, 30 August 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 23 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-87, 15 October 1944, LTjg. George E. B. McDevitt USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-87 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 19 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-87 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 11 to 28 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1946, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-87 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 27 February 1948, to Southeastern Pipeline Co., Atlanta, GA, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    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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    LSM-87 86k Officers and crew of USS LSM-87 (Class 7226) in September 1944 at NAB Little Creek, VA. after completing amphibious training and prior to reporting to Brown Shipbuilding Co. in Houston, TX. to commission the ship. US Navy photo. Bill Gonyo
    LSM-87 71k USS LSM-87 officers at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX., probably on commissioning day, 15 October 1944. From left to right: Commanding Officer LTjg. McDevitt, Executive Officer LTjg. Rounds, ENS. Kurzinski, ENS. Burr and ENS. Mc Donald. US Navy photo. Bill Gonyo
    LSM-87 82k Officers and crew of USS LSM-87 stand at attention on deck during the commissioning ceremony, 15 October 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston TX. US Navy photo. Bill Gonyo
    LSM-87 55k USS LSM-87 beached Ie Shima in April 1945. Photo by Purl Allan Ferrier, S1/c, SV-6 USNR, USS LSM-87
    Submitted by Vicki Purl Ferrier-Taylor
    LSM-87 59k USS LSM-87 beached Ie Shima in April 1945. to the port side of LSM-87 is a partially identifiable LCT, with hull number ending in 44. Photo by Purl Allan Ferrier, S1/c, SV-6 USNR, USS LSM-87
    Submitted by Vicki Purl Ferrier-Taylor
    LSM-87 102k USS LSM-87 beached while unloading trucks at Ie Shima in April 1945. Photo by Purl Allan Ferrier, S1/c, SV-6 USNR, USS LSM-87
    Submitted by Vicki Purl Ferrier-Taylor
    LSM-87 78k USS LSM-87 beached after unloading trucks Ie Shima in April 1945. Photo by Purl Allan Ferrier, S1/c, SV-6 USNR, USS LSM-87
    Submitted by Vicki Purl Ferrier-Taylor
    LSM-87 86k USS LSM-87 beached, date and location unknown. Von Sprechelson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-26 49k USS LSM-87, USS LSM-135 and USS LSM-26 beached at Ie Shima, early May 1945. Charles Bawman to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for LSM-87 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. McDevitt, George E. B., USNR15 October 1944 - ?

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