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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 - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 23 June 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 25 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-168, 7 September 1944, LT. Rodger Whelan USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-168 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
    Palawan Islands landings, 28 February to 1 March 1945
    Visayan Island landings (Cebu), 2 April 1945
    Borneo operations
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 to 14 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 5 September 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-168 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold in October 1958 to Hugo Neu Corp., New York, N.Y., 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 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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LSM-168 62k LSM-168 launching, 25 July 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-224 77k USS LSM-168 and USS LSM-224 unloading men and supplies on the jetty at Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines, 28 or 29 February 1945. In the foreground soldiers and sailors inspect a downed Japanese float plane destroyed in the initial landings.US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 271126. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-168 83k USS LSM-168 at Cebu Island P.I., 26 March 1945, while disembarking US troops. The landing followed a softening up by the 7th Fleet on D-Day.
    US Army Signal Corps, photo SC-48796.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-168 52k From left to right LCT-678, USS LSM-168, USS LSM-237 and USS LSM-133 at Mindoro Island while loading for the invasion of Palawan Island, Philippine Islands, date unknown.. Submitted by James Tusing, courtesy George Berry USS LSM 168
    LSM-168 129k USS LSM-168 unloading a tank during the Cebu Island landing. probably on 26 March 1945. Submitted by James Tusing, courtesy George Berry USS LSM 168
    LSM-168 1001k USS LSM-168 underway off Guiuan, Samar, Philippine Islands, 6 December 1945. Note the "homeward bound pennant" flying from her mast. Jerome F. Zeller and Dan Biggins to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-168 52k USS LSM-168 single bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-168 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Whelan, Rodger, USNR7 September 1944 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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