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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Lima - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 19 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, 24 April 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 14 May 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-145, 12 June 1944, LT. Robert P. Palmer, USNR, in command
During WWII LSM-145 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
LSM Group Fourteen, LCDR. A. E. Lind USNR;
LSM Division Twenty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 22 May 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
USS LSM-145 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, December 1946, to J. C. Berkwit & Co., New York, NY, converted to a barge, fate unknown
|Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 February 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
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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||USS LSM-145, USS LSM-206 and LSM-126 dash for the beach at Iwo Jima on H-Hour, 19 February 1945. The LSMs were landing the 5th Marine Amphibious Corps. Note Mount Suribachi in the background.
|Tom Kermen, Courtesy Jose "Andy" Vigil, USMC WWII
||USS LSM-46 and USS LSM-145 beached at Iwo Jima, circa February 1945.
||Joe Helmstetter to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-145 underway, date and location unknown.
||Ken Roberts USS LSM-186 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for LSM-145 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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