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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima, February 1945) - 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, 7 September 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston TX.
  • Launched, 30 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-92, 24 October 1944, LT. John Grandin USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-92 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
    LSM Group Thirteen, LCDR. T. F. Griswold USNR;
    LSM Division Twenty-Five and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 15 February to 16 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-92 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 September to 1 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 16 April 1946, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LSM-92 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 2 December 1947, to Georgia Marine Salvage Co., Inc., Brunswick, GA.
  • Final Disposition, 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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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-92 78k USS LSM-92 beached at Iwo Jima in February 1945. During the Iwo Jima operation USS LSM-92 beached early on the morning of D-day, 15 February 1945, notice in the lower right corner what is believed to be a partial view of a 75mm halftrack from Weapons Company, 28th Marines Regiment that was lost to enemy fire immediately upon landing on D-day at 0920 hours. Information was supplied by John Holman whose father was a Navy corpsman with the Weapons Co. Time and Life Pictures, Getty Images, submitted by John Holman.
    LSM-92 54k Scene on the Iwo Jima beach, as unloading progresses, 20 February 1945. Note: bogged-down "halftrack" (carrying a large gun) at right, swamped LCM from USS Belle Grove (LSD-2) in center, USS LSM-92 beyond, and Mount Suribachi in the distance.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-303924.
    Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372, Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-92 14k Iwo Jima landing beach, cluttered with abandoned vehicles and other debris, circa late February 1945. USS LSM-92 is unloading at left, with Mount Suribachi in the distance. Landing craft in the extreme left foreground is from USS Belle Grove (LSD-2). Note the mired Jeep in the left center and 37mm field gun in right center.The original print came from Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's World War II history project working files. It was provided to Morison by Admiral William H.P. Blandy, USN.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104208
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LSM-92 96k Bulldozer, Jeep and other vehicles on an Iwo Jima beach, circa late February or early March 1945. USS LSM-92 unloading at right. In the center distance is LCT-1031. Note the LST in the right distance with large "H"s painted on its bow and amidships
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104201
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LSM-92 68k USS LSM-92 beached, date and location unknown. Donald Danielson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-92 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Grandin, John, USNR24 October 1944 - February 1946
    02LTjg. Staresinich, J. F., USNRFebruary 1946 - 16 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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