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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 28 July 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 5 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-187, 25 October 1944, LT. John T. White USNR in command:
  • During WWII USS LSM-187 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Nine, CDR. D. L. Francis USN (23);
    LSM Group Twenty-Five, LCDR. L. Brouwer USN;
    LSM Division Fifty and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 19 December 1945, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • USS LSM-187 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 10 November 1947
  • Sold, 10 November 1947, to Capitol Salvage & Sales Co., Edgewater, N.J.
  • Final Disposition, 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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    USS LSM-187
    LSM-187 107k USS LSM-187 with Japanese field artillery loaded in her well deck, Guam, Marianas Islands, 9 September 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-187 59k USS LSM-187 loading Fleet Admiral Nimitz's barge Catherine, Guam, Marianas Islands, 10 September 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-187 74k USS LSM-187 moored pierside on the Potomac River, 3 November 1945 USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-187 94k USS LSM-187 underway on the Potomac River, 3 November 1945 USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-31 67k USS LSM-31, USS LSM-187, USS LSM-186 and USS LSM-222 in a nest moored to a buoy, date and location unknown. Photo by ©Atlantic Fleet Sales Co., Norfolk, VA. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Merchant Service
    LSM-187 71k Ex-USS LSM-187 in merchant service as Jaques Gravel beached circa 1977-78 at Dwar Metal Co., Port Colburn, Ontario, Canada awaiting scrapping. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-187 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. White, John T., USNR25 October 1944 - September 1945
    02LTjg. Williams, Herbert S., USNRSeptember 1945 - 19 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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