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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 29 January 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 15 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-127, 28 April 1944, LT. Hewitt R. Rodgers USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-127 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines<
    Palawan Islands landings, 28 February to 1 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-127 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 10 September to 30 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 22 March 1946, at Charleston Naval Station, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-127 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 February 1948, to Southeastern Pipe Line Co., Atlanta, GA., 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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    186k Shipyard Newspaper "Produce to Win" article celebrating the keel laying of, LSM-126 and LSM-127 on 29 January 1944, the first LSMs to be built at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy Photo
    Robert Hall
    LSM-127 61k LSM-127 keel laying plaque, 29 January 1944, Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. James family via Robert Hall
    LSM-126 151k LSM-127 and LSM-126 ready for launching at Navy Yard Charleston, Charleston, S.C., 15 March 1944. Robert Hall USS Tidewater
    LSM-256 115k Aerial view of Little Creek Amphibious Base, 1 August 1944. Ships that can be identified are USS LSM-256, USS LSM-201,USS LSM-2, USS LSM-127, USS LSM-203, USS LSM-16, USS LSM-126, USS LSM-134 and USS LSM-144. The two LSTs are unidentified.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-127 30k USS LSM-127 at Leyte P.I., 1944 Brian White
    LSM-127 71k USS LSM-127 beaching on Panay Island, P.I., 8 September 1945.
    US Navy photo # 350415.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for LSM-127 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Rodgers, Hewitt R., USNR28 April 1944 - December 1945
    02LT. Harrell Jr., Lester E., USNRDecember 1945 - 22 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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