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USS LSM-208


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Bravo - Hotel
NVBH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LSM-208 was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan) seized by the Peoples Republic of China
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, date unknown, sponsor by Mrs. George H. Ritter
  • Commissioned USS LSM-208, 12 June 1944, LT. E. F. Cunningham, Jr., USNR in command
  • During WWII LSM-208 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 26 April 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 May 1946 and transferred the same day to the Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, seized, October 1949 by Communist Chinese forces, fate unknown
  • USS LSM-208 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t.(landing). 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6"
    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 Accommodations 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic 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-208 106k USS LSM-208 launching ceremony at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Elizabeth W. (George H.) Ritter Photo by LCDR George H. Ritter, USNR
    LSM-208 67k USS LSM-208 launching ceremony at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Elizabeth W. (George H.) Ritter Photo by LCDR George H. Ritter, USNR
    LSM-208 64k USS LSM-208 launching ceremony at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Elizabeth W. (George H.) Ritter on the right, lady on the left is unidentified. Photo by LCDR George H. Ritter, USNR
    LSM-208 92k USS LSM-208 launching ceremony at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Elizabeth W. (George H.) Ritter on the right, with an unidentified Dravo Shipyard official. Photo by LCDR George H. Ritter, USNR
    LSM-208 75k USS LSM-208 launching ceremony at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Elizabeth W. (George H.) Ritter with the rest of the ceremonial party on the launching platform. Photo by LCDR George H. Ritter, USNR
    LSM-208 55k USS LSM-208 side launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-208 57k USS LSM-208 launching as she hits the water. Photo by LCDR George H. Ritter, USNR
    LSM-368 128k USS LSM-208 beached, date and place unknown.
    Photo from USS Lanier APA-125 cruise book, 1944-46.
    Russ Padden
    LSM-208 114k USS LSM-208 underway off Okinawa, 1 April 1945. Howard Nettles to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-101 71k USS LSM-101 and USS LSM-208 beached while unloading cargo of the 136th Naval Construction Battalion, Japan, 30 August 1945 COL. R.H. Hicks to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-208 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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