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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 19 February 1945, Iwo Jima) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 22 February 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 22 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-206, 29 May 1944, LT. Gordon C. Mackenzie, USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-206 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
    LSM Group Fourteen, LCDR. A. E. Lind USNR;
    LSM Division Twenty-Eight and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February 16 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-206 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 25 October to 3 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 July 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-206 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 29 December 1947, to Walter H. Wilms, Detroit, MI, converted to a barge
  • 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 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-206 52k USS LSM-206 side launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 22 April 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-206 386k Commemorative envelope issued for the launching USS LSM-206 at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 22 April 1944. Richard Hoffner and Greg Ciesielski Assistant Curator, Naval Cover Museum
    LSM-145/206 128k USS LSM-145, USS LSM-206 and USS LSM-126 dash for the beach at Iwo Jima on H-Hour, 19 February 1945. The LSMs were landing the 5th Marine Amphibious Corps. Note Mount Suribachi in the background.
    USMC photo
    Tommy Trampp
    79k USS LSM-206 beached at Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945, while landing the elements of the 4th Marine Division, 5th Marine Amphibious Corps. "Pinned Down. 4th Division Marines are briefly pinned down by enemy fire as they hit the beach at Iwo Jima on D-Day. Making their fourth amphibious assault in thirteen months, the veteran fighters are preparing to secure the right flank of the initial beachhead."
    US Marine Corps Headquarters Photo No. 110,108.
    Caption - David Upton, Photo - James Tusing
    Photo - Brian Miller
    LSM-206 399k
    LSM-206 76k USS LSM-206 nested with six additional LSMs, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-206 74k USS LSM-206 alongside USS Newberry (APA-158) while evacuating wounded Marines at Iwo Jima, between 17 and 27 February 1945. Harold Jacobs and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-206 64k USS LSM-206 underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-206 51k USS LSM-206 steaming outbound in San Francisco Bay toward the Golden Gate, in 1946. Submitted by Roald Lokken for his father, Sigurd T. Lokken, (1926-1991), Petty Officer 2nd Class, Radio Electrician USS LSM-206
    LSM-206 113k USS LSM-206 in San Francisco Bay after passing under the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in 1946 Submitted by Roald Lokken for his father, Sigurd T. Lokken, (1926-1991), Petty Officer 2nd Class, Radio Electrician USS LSM-206
    LSM-206 54k USS LSM-206 underway in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 79860 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy, D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    347k "Leapin Lena" adorns the conning tower USS LSM-206. Photo was taken while the ship was in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46. Roald Lokken for his father, Sigurd T. Lokken, (1926-1991), Petty Officer 2nd Class, Radio Electrician USS LSM-206.

    The history extract for USS LSM-206 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Mackenzie, Gordon C., USNR29 May 1944 - September 1945
    02LTjg. Hanlon, Paul D., USNRSeptember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Crosetti, Lawrence P., USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    04LT. Stanko, John, USN (USNA 1944)June 1946 - December 1946
    051LTjg. Scherrer, Robert Aloysius, USN (USNA 1945)December 1946 - 29 July 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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