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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 - World War II Victory Medal - 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 LSM-185 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • 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" oa
    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 single 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
    Troop Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws, Endurance, 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)

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    LSM-185 63k USS 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 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 DANFS 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).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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