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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)- World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 4 May 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 27 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-148, 8 July 1944, LT. Frederick W. Cely USN in command
  • During WWII LSM-148 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Mapia Island, 15 November 1944
    Asia Island, 19 November 1944
    Minor landings under command or the HMAS Araidne (Heavy Mine Layer)
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 3 May 1945
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 6 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-148 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 11 November to 10 December 1945
    On 29 September 1945 LSM-148 landed at Jinson (Inchon) Korea with the first occupation troops. On her return trip to the Philippines she ran into Typhoon "Louise" 5 to 8 October off Okinawa and sustained enough damage to require drydocking at Subic Bay for temporary repairs
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-148 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold in December 1946, to Ming Sung Industrial Co., China, 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 General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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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    LSM-148 90k USS LSM-148 in port, date and location unknown. Raymond L. Bowen USS LSM-148

    The history extract for LSM-148 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Cely, Frederick William, USN8 July 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Saunders, Kirk Younger, USNDecember 1945 - 2 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Remarks by RADM Jules James USN, Commandant 6th Naval District and Commanding Officer US Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. at the christening of LSM-148
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