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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down,19 May 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 22 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-156, 8 August 1944, LTjg. Albert R. Roach, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-156 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla One, (flagship) LCDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
    LSM Group One, LCDR. F. L. O'Leary USNR;
    LSM Division One and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-156 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 September to 10 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 18 April 1946, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LSM-156 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 2 December 1947, to Georgia Marine & Salvage Co. Inc., 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-156 77k USS LSM-156 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-156 62k USS LSM-156 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-156 64k USS LSM-156 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-156 51k USS LSM-156 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-156 63k USS LSM-156 conning tower artwork Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-156 23k USS LSM-156 underway, date and location unknown. Olan Zigler MoMM2/c USS LSM-353

    The history extract for LSM-156 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Roach, Alfred R., USNR8 August 1944 - December 1944
    02LT. Ludders, William C., USNRDecember 1944 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Bird, John C., USNRDecember 1945 - 18 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
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