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USS LSM-109


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - India - India
NVII
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 7 October 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 28 October 1944,
  • Commissioned USS LSM-109, 23 November 1944, LT. Richard Calloman, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-109 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Sold in November 1956 to Hendry Corp., Tampa, FL.
  • Final Disposition, scuttled in January 1976 by demolition charges off Pinellas County's Indian Shores, FL. in 50 feet of water for use as an artificial fishing reef
    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 AA gun mount
    four single 20mm AA 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-109 832k USS LSM-109 Builder's Plate. Earl P. Smith
    LSM-108,109,399 77k From left to right USS LSM-108, USS LSM-109 and USS LSM-399 beached at Algiers Naval Base, New Orleans, LA. circa 13 November to 9 December 1945. Note: masts and yardarms had been removed for river travel. Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association, photo courtesy Joe Gerengsen USS LSM-109, Alligator Alley, June 1992
    LSM-109 73k USS LSM-109 anchored at Keokuk, Iowa on the Mississippi River during October 1945. Only partially visible are USS LSM-108 and USS LSM-113. Note: masts and yardarms had been removed for river travel. Joe Gerencser to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-109 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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