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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Lima - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 20 February 1945, Iwo Jima)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 17 April 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 10 May 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-143, 30 June 1944, LT. Robert C. White USNR in command
During WWII USS LSM-143 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 Twenty-Nine and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 14 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-143 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, February 1947, to Elloit Chemical Cleaning Co., San Francisco, CA., fate unknown
|Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima 20 February to 16 March 1945
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 General Motors 16-278A (non-reversible with airflex 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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||USS LSM-143 christening bottle holder, now in the collection of USS Yorktown Museum, Patriots Point, Charleston, S.C.
||Robert Hall USS Tidewater
||USS LSM-143 beached, date and location unknown.
||Mike Running for his grandfather Delmar Garforth SM3c USS LSM-143
||Only the stern of USS LSM-143 is visible in this photo of her beached at Iwo Jima, date unknown. USS LSM-143 is up the beach beyond the LCVP in the foreground. Also of note is the seaplane in the harbor.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-143 with USS PC-590, left, and an unidentified YMS, right, aground on a reef at Okinawa, 9 October 1945 during Typhoon "Louise".
||Photo by David Sweeten USS Mona Island contributed by Henry Carr. Donation of David Sweeten Family.
||USS LSM-143 under way in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
US Navy photo # NH 79857 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M.McPherson, 1974.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-143 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. White, Robert C., USNR||30 June 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Merschel, John A., USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|03||ENS. Bowden, F. J., USNR||March 1946 - 14 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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