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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)
USS LSM-88 was transferred to the Republic of China
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-88, 17 October 1944, LT. Charles E. Eckhart USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-88 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:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 7 May 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-88 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|11 to 28 September 1945
|29 November 1945 to 8 January 1946
Decommissioned, 6 June 1946, at NOB Subic Bay, P.I.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-88 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, to the Republic of China, fate unknown
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-88 and an unidentified LSM at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Ken Roberts to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-88 off loading vehicles at Okinawa in 1945.
||Warren Beck to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-88 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Eckhart, Charles E., USNR||17 October 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Birnkrant, Samuel H., USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Smith, F. B., USNR||March 1946 - 6 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
USS LSM-LSMR Association
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