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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)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 18 March 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 18 April 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-137, 30 May 1944, LT. William P. Baxter USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-137 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
LSM Group Nine, LCDR. J. A. Moss USN (29);
LSM Division Seventeen and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 17 June 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-137 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 11 September to 8 December 1945
Grounded during typhoon "Louise," 9 October 1945, at Buckner Bay Okinawa
Decommissioned, 8 December 1945, at Buckner Bay
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
USS LSM-137 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, hulk sold, November 1947, to Oklahoma-Philippines Co., P.I., 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
landing, 5' 3"
fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 12.5 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
one twin bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
six single 20mm gun mounts
Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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.
two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
twin propellers 2,800shp
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||LSM-137 immediately after launching, 18 April 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. Note the stacks of the two tugs on her port side.
US Navy Yard Charleston photo.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-137 moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-137 at Cebu, P.I., to transport the Americal division to Yokohama, Japan 30 August 1945. In the background are;
USS LSM-4, and
Photo was taken from USS LSM-186
||Photo by Ken Roberts Engineering Officer USS LSM-186
||USS LSM-137 conning tower
||Joe Flynn for his father LT. Joe Flynn USN USS LSM-137
||USS LSM-137 hard aground at Buckner Bay, Okinawa after the typhoon of 9 October 1945
Photo by PHM1/c Paul Uslan, USN
|Joe Flynn for his father LT. Joe Flynn USN USS LSM-137
||In the Foreground USS LSM-137 is hard aground at Buckner Bay, Okinawa after Typhoon Louise passed over the bay on 9 October 1945. Other ships that are identifiable in this photo include;
USS LCI(G)-727 and
The history extract for USS LSM-137 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Baxter, William P., USNR||30 May 1944 - 8 December 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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