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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
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
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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||USS LSM-109 Builder's Plate.
||Earl P. Smith
||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
||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).
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