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USS LSM-95


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Hotel - Golf
NVHG
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 15 September 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 7 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-95, 28 October 1944, LT. Joseph E. Kennedy, Jr. USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-95 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eight, CDR. H. Doe USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Four, LCDR. B. H. Lindman USNR;
    LSM Div Forty-Seven
  • Following World War II USS LSM-95 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 September to 13 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 March 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Sold, 24 February 1948, to Ben Bendikson, San Diego, CA. for conversion to a barge to haul wheat on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Renamed Racquette, Official Number (258894)
  • Current Disposition, in use as a Tie-off barge (SPUD Barge) by Tidewater Barge Line, Vancouver, WA. on the Columbia River.
    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-95 86k USS LSM-95 beached at Green Beach, Yokosuka, Japan, 20 October 1945. Don Belcher to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-95 66k USS LSM-95 at Saipan, 15 November 1945. Don Belcher to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-95 115k from left to right USS LSM-273, USS LSM-95, USS LSM-175, USS LSM-212 and an unidentified LSM moored in a nest at Apra Harbor, Guam, 28 November 1945. Don Belcher to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-95 81k USS LSM-95 at anchor with bow doors open, date and location unknown. Don Belcher to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-95 129k USS LSM-95 at anchor, date and location unknown. Don Belcher to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Merchant Service
    LSM-95 100k Four photos of ex-USS LSM-95 as the barge Racquette in the service of Tidewater Barge Line, Vancouver, WA., being salvaged after being "holed", mid 1970s Photo by Ron Gray / Captain
    LSM-95 44k Ex-USS LSM-95 as a SPUD Barge (tie-off barge) owned by Tidewater Barge Line, Vancouver, WA., March 2003 Photo by Ron Gray / Captain
    LSM-95 37k Ex-USS LSM-95 as a SPUD Barge (tie-off barge) owned by Tidewater Barge Line, Vancouver, WA., note that the USN side number (95) is still visible. March 2003 Photo by Ron Gray / Captain
    LSM-95 70k Ex-USS LSM-95 as a SPUD Barge (tie-off barge) owned by Tidewater Barge Line, Vancouver, WA. interior view, starboard-side amid-ship's, March 2003 Photo by Ron Gray / Captain

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-95 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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