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USS LSM-88


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Golf - Sierra
NVGS
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, LTjg. 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, to the Republic of China, fate unknown
  • USS LSM-88 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" (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-88 71k USS LSM-88 and an unidentified LSM at anchor, date and location unknown. Ken Roberts to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-88 128k USS LSM-88 off loading vehicles at Okinawa in 1945. Warren Beck to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-88 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

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