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November - Victor - India - Zulu
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)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 21 October 1944, at Brown Ship Building Co., Houston TX.
  • Launched, 11 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-117, 7 December 1944, LT. John H. Maginnis USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-117 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22)
    LSM Group Thirty-four, LCDR. V.W. Webb USNR;
    LSM Division Sixty-Seven and participated in the follow campaign:

    Asiatic Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 3 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-117 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 September to 4 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 7 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-117 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 17 January 1948, to Ellis Clarke Soper, Detroit, MI., 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-117 44k USS LSM-117 off the coast of Saipan, date unknown. Photo by H. E. Freeman PhM/1c, USS LSM-116
    Now in the collection of Robert C. Lozmack, BM/2c, USS LSM-116 and USS LSM-467
    LSM-116/117 65k USS LSM-116 at left and USS LSM-117 at right, Green Beach, Tulagi, Solomon Islands, date unknown. Photo by H. E. Freeman PhM/1c, USS LSM-116
    now in the collection of Robert C. Lozmack, BM/2c, USS LSM-116 and USS LSM-467
    LSM-117 54k USS LSM-117 beached at Wakayama, Japan, 25 July 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-467/112 88k USS LSM-117 moored to USS LSM-467's, port side at Tulosa, Leyte, P.I. John S. Moore, S/2c, doing laundry, 11 December 1945. Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 040
    LSM-117 55k USS LSM-117 in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 81021. Courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-117 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Maginnis, John H., USNR7 December 1944 - December 1945
    02ENS. Sheahen, Francis Lloyd, USN (USNA 1945)December 1945 - 7 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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