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USS LSM-169


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Mike - Zulu
NVMZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (2-KIA, 15 February 1945 at Mariveles Harbor)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 23 June 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 20 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-169, 7 September 1944, LTjg. Paul C Himelright, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-169 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 12 January 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Nasugbu, 31 January 1945
    Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945

  • Decommissioned, 19 January1946, at NOB Subic Bay, P.I. because of extensive damage caused by striking a mine at Mariveles Harbor, 15 February 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 2013
  • Final Disposition, scuttled 27 February 1946 off Subic Bay
  • USS LSM-169 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Complement
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    Armament
    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)
    Propulsion
    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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    LSM-169 57k LSM-169 launching, 20 July 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-169 27k USS LSM-169 underway off Leyte, P.I., 1944 Brian White
    LSM-169 27k USS LSM-169 underway off Leyte, P.I., 1944 Brian White
    LSM-169 59k USS LSM-169 at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945, after striking a mine. An Ocean Rescue Tug is standing off attempting to fight the fires that have broken out on board LSM-169
    US Navy photo # NH-22093 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCS-48/LSM-169 60k USS LSM-169 at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945, after striking a mine. As the Ocean Rescue Tug stands off fighting the fires that have broken out on board LSM-169 and LCVP is taking crew members off the stricken ship and USS LCS(L)(3)-48 moves in to attempt to help.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-169 59k USS LSM-169 at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945, after striking a mine. The tug has moved in closer while attempting to extinguish the fires that have broken out on the stricken ship.
    US Navy photo # NH 273341 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-169 92k USS LSM-169 at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945, burning after striking a mine. USS LSM-37 is moving in to assist in rescue efforts. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LSM-169 78k USS LSM-169 at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945 as seen from USS PC-1133. The PC crew is watching the crew of LSM-169 abandon ship.
    US Navy photo # NH 273320 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-169 62k USS PC-1133 standing by to pick up survivors from USS LSM-169 at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 273322 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-169 80k USS LSM-169 crewmen in the water at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945 after abandoning ship.
    US Navy photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-169 79k USS LSM-169 crewmen in the water at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945 after abandoning ship.
    US Navy photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-169 80k USS LSM-169 survivors are helped out of the water and on board USS PC-1133 at Mariveles Bay, P.I., 15 February 1945 after abandoning their burning ship.
    US Navy photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-169 83k damage to USS LSM 169 caused by hitting a mine at Mariveles Bay, P.I. after straying out of the swept area on 15 February 1945. Photo by Ralph Robinson USS LSM-34
    LSM-34 77k USS LSM-169, USS LSM-34, USS LSM-319 and USS LSM-315 as well as two unidentified LSMs alongside and unidentified tender or repair ship at Subic Bay, P.I., date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-169 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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