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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 13 January 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 10 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-203, 21 May 1944, LT. F.L. Townsley USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-203 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf Landings, 9 January 1945
    Legaspi, Luzon, 1 April 1945
    Borneo operation;
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 June 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Nasugbu, 31 January 1945
    Mariveles-Corregidor, 15 February 1945
    Legaspi Harbor, Bicol Peninsula, Luzon, 1 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 11 June 1946, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-203 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 December 1947, to Georgia Marine Salvage Co., Inc., Brunswick, GA.
    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 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-203 57k USS LSM-203 side launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. 10 April 1944
    US Navy photo # 400635
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-256 115k Aerial view of Little Creek Amphibious Base, 1 August 1944. Ships that can be identified are: USS LSM-256, USS LSM-201, USS LSM-2, USS LSM-127, USS LSM-203, USS LSM-16, USS LSM-126, USS LSM-134 and USS LSM-144. The two LSTs are unidentified.
    US Navy photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-203 42k USS LSM-203 beached at Leyte, P.I. in 1945. Brian White
    LSM-203 39k
    LSM-203 26k
    LSM-497 50k USS LSM-203 and sixteen additional LSMs moored at Apra Guam, waiting for orders to return to the United State, January 1946. Other LSMs that can be identified are USS LSM-286, USS LSM-64, USS LSM-497, USS LSM-219, USS LSM-68. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-203 1055k USS LSM-203 USS LSM-268 and a third LSM crew members watch as Japanese prisoners of war carrying all that is left of their personnel belongings are formed into columns and marched to the train that will take them to Bilibio prison in Manila, Luzon, P.I. These are part of the prisoners from the Japanese disguised hospital ship Tachibana Maru.
    US Army Signal Corps photos SC 392654, by Lickerman.
    Dave Kerr
    LSM-203 31k USS LSM-203 entering San Francisco Bay, 11 March 1946. Brian White
    LSM-203 65k USS LSM-203 arriving in San Francisco Bay, 11 March 1946. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-203 33k USS LSM-203 at San Francisco, 1946, (standing) Bud Thorne and Steve Ufhiel, (crouched L) Al Buckley (crouched R) Roland Soletto Brian White
    LSM-203 35k USS LSM-203 at San Francisco, 1946, Bud Thorne and Roland Soletto. Brian White
    Crittenden 127k Operation Crossroads prospective target ships and support ships at Pearl Harbor in a photo released, 27 February 1946.
    Ships present from front to rear include: USS Crittenden (APA-77), USS Catron (APA-71), USS Bracken (APA-64), USS Burleson (APA-67), USS Gilliam (APA-57), USS Fallon (APA-81), one unidentified ship, USS Fillmore (APA-83), USS Kochab (AKS-6), USS Luna (AKS-7) an unidentified tanker and liberty ship. Identifiable on the right are USS LSM-203 and USS LSM-465. Farther in the background is a floating drydock and a merchant ship hulk with unidentified fittings forward of the bridge.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-702126 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center

    The history extract for USS LSM-203 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Townsley, Forrest L., USNR21 May 1944 - November 1945
    02LTjg. Norconk, John Tracy, USNNovember 1945 - 11 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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