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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 24 April 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 10 May 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-144, 12 June 1944, LT. Mervyn L Abrams, USNR, in command
During WWII LSM-144 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945
At Okinawa USS LSM-144 came under the command of:
LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
LSM Group Nine, LCDR. J. A. Moss USN (29);
LSM Division Seventeen
Following World War II USS LSM-144 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 to 20 September 1945
Decommissioned, 6 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS LSM-144 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold in October 1946, to J. D. Achapiro, Baltimore, MD., 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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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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||Aerial view of Little Creek Amphibious Base, 1 August 1944. Ships that can be identified are
USS LSM-134 and LSM-144. The two LSTs are unidentified.
US Navy photo.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-144 beached, date and location unknown.
||Ted Turner USS LSM-144 and John Bochles to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-144 underway, date and location unknown.
||Ted Turner USS LSM-144 and Ken Roberts USS LSM-186 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-144 underway, at Lingayen Gulf, date unknown. Note the damaged mainmast the result of an encounter with a boat boom of the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38).
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-144, USS LSM-180, USS LSM-90
and USS LSM-186 beached at Laoag, Luzon, P.I., 25-28 July 1945.
||Ken Roberts USS LSM-186 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for LSM-144 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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