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USS LSM-140


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Kilo - Tango
NVKT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima operation) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Individual Awards

Purple Hearts (1 KIA, 19 February 1945, Iwo Jima)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 17 April 1944, at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 18 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-140, 22 June 1944, LT. Robert F. Duff USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-140 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
    LSM Group Fifteen, LCDR. A. H. Hall USNR;
    LSM Division Thirty and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 19 February to 16 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-140 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 December 1945 to 3 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-140 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 20 February 1948, to Harbor Towing Co., Vancouver, Canada, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" ovl.
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft
    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)
    Complement
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    Armament
    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
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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-140 69k USS LSM-140 on the beach at Iwo Jima, circa 19 February to 16 March 1945. Note the wrecked DUKW and amphibious truck and trailer in the foreground. John Finch
    Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-140 63k USS LSM-140 and USS LST-715 beached at Iwo Jima, circa 19 February to 16 March 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-242 121k Aerial view of the Iwo Jima beachhead, circa February 1945. Ships that can be identified include USS LST-715, USS LST-790, USS LST-724, USS LST-224, USS LST-784 and USS LST-779. LSM's include USS LSM-242, USS LSM-140, USS LSM-47 and USS LSM-43. LCTs include LCT-892 and LCT-1029. The one lone LCI that is identifiable is USS LCI(L)-1077.
    USMC photo # 110582
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-140 66k USS LSM-140 unloading on a southeastern Iwo Jima beach, about two or three days after the 19 February 1945 landings. Mount Suribachi is in the background. The original print came from Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's World War II history project working files. It was provided to Morison by Ellery Sedgwick, Jr.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104210
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    LSM-140 63k USS LSM-140 beached while unloading equipment, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-140 51k USS LSM-140 underway in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46. Note: insignia on conning tower.
    US Navy photo # NH 81398 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for LSM-140 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9) .
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Duff, Robert F., USNR22 June 1944 - ?

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