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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 February 16 March 1945
  • 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
    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)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    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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    Shoshone 85k USS Shoshone (AKA-65) seen from astern, with USS LSM-145 alongside. Probably during the Iwo Jima landings in February 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105032. Collection of Robert B. Campbell. Courtesy of his family, 2007.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LSM-145/206 128k USS LSM-145, USS LSM-206 and USS LSM-145 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.
    USMC photo
    Tommy Trampp
    197k USS LSM-145 beached on Red Beach 1, Iwo Jima, D plus 11, 2 March 1945.
    US Navy photo COMBPHIBGTP 2 by Wallace Page
    Dave Way, Historian / Artifact Collections,
    Pacific Battleship Center |
    National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA
    LSM-46 58k USS LSM-46 and USS LSM-145 beached at Iwo Jima, circa February 1945. Joe Helmstetter to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-145 79k USS LSM-145 underway, date and location unknown. Ken Roberts USS LSM-186 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for LSM-145 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Palmer, Robert P., USNR12 June 1944 - September 1945
    02LTjg. Morrison, M. D., USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Kinsey, Eugene E., USNRDecember 1945 - 22 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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