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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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 3 August 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 26 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-180, 10 October 1944, LT. Francis A. O'Malley USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-180 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eight, CDR. H. Doe, USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Two (flagship), LCDR. N. E. Fryer, Jr., USN (38);
    LSM Division Forty-Three and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-180 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 to 20 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-180 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 12 August 1947, to Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA., 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-180 69k USS LSM-180 under way in the harbor at Naha, Okinawa, 29 June - 1 July 1945. Note LCT-901 moored pierside and wreckage in the harbor. Photo from the collection of Walter Hausdorf USS LSM-180 submitted by Frederick Clark
    LSM-186 88k USS LSM-144, USS LSM-180, USS LSM-90 and USS LSM-186 beached at Laoag, Luzon, P.I., 25-28 July 1945. Ken Roberts to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-180 92k USS LSM-180 beached at Legaspi, southern Luzon, P.I, 27-28 September 1945. Legaspi was almost totally destroyed by the Japanese, Photo taken from USS LSM-132. Newt C. Bruce to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-180 88k USS LSM-180 beached at Legaspi City, Luzon, P.I. 27-28 September 1945. Photo from the collection of Walter Hausdorf USS LSM-180 submitted by Frederick Clark
    LSM-180 84k USS LSM-180 beached at Ie Shima, 4 to 14 August 1945. Photo from the collection of Walter Hausdorf USS LSM-180 submitted by Frederick Clark

    Life Aboard USS LSM-180
    Walter Hausdorf Collection submitted by Frederick Clark

    Gunnery Practice
    LSM-180 LSM-180 LSM-180 LSM-180

    The history extract for USS LSM-180 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. O'Malley, Francis A., USNR10 October 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    USS LSM-LSMR Association
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Walter Hausdorf Papers
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