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LSM-87


Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
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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
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 (date unknown) at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-87, 15 October 1944, LTjg. George E. B. McDevitt, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-87 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1946, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, 27 February 1948, to Southeastern Pipeline Co., Atlanta, GA, fate unknown
  • LSM-87 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 gun, four single 20mm 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-87 86k Officers and crew of 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 LSM-87 beached, date and location unknown. Von Sprechelson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-26 49k LSM-87, LSM-135 and LSM-26 beached at Ie Shima, early May 1945. Charles Bawman to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-87 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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