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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
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, 13 August 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 7 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-185, 20 October 1944, LT. William D. Blaydes, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-185 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eight, CDR. H. Doe USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Two, LCDR. N.E. Fryer Jr. USN (38);
    LSM Division Forty-Four
  • Following World War II USS LSM-184 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 to 20 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 7 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 26 February 1948, to Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA., 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-185 63k LSM-185 after launching at Charleston Navy Yard, 7 September 1944.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-184 165k USS LSM-185 and USS LSM-184 Christening and Commissioning Program. LT Albert C. Noble USNR, CO LSM-184 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-185 181k USS LSM-185 beached at Leyte, P.I. in 1945. Charles Blaun to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-185 916k USS LSM-185 beached at Saipan, Marianas Island, date unknown. Photo by William Bohmert LSM-185
    LSM-185 926k USS LSM-185 beached at Leyte Island, Philippine Islands, date unknown. William Bohmert LSM-185
    LSM-185 753k USS LSM-185 beached at Leyte Island, Philippine Islands, date unknown. Photo by William Bohmert USS LSM-185
    LSM-185 875k USS LSM-185 and USS LSM-8 beached , date and location, unknown. Photo by William Bohmert USS LSM-185
    LSM-185 859k USS LSM-185 beached with other LSMs, date and location, unknown. Photo by William Bohmert USS LSM-185

    The history extract for USS LSM-185 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Blaydes, William D., USNR20 October 1944 - January 1945
    02LT. Cheel Jr., Luther E., USNRJanuary 1945 - November 1945
    03LT. Meyer, Robert J., USNRNovember 1945 - February 1946
    04LTjg. Shawver, Lowell D., USNRFebruary 1946 - May 1946
    05ENS. Hardin, H. H., USNRMay 1946 - 7 June 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler

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