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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down (date unknown) at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
Launched (date unknown)
Commissioned USS LSM-214, 17 July 1944, ENS. Robert Barr Smith, USN in command
During WWII LSM-214 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM Flotilla One, LCDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
LSM Group Two, LCDR. H. G. Maxey USNR;
LSM Division Four and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 15 May 1945
Decommissioned, 26 December 1945, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
Final Disposition, sold in November 1946 to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.; converted to a barge, fate unknown
USS LSM-214 earned one battle star for World War II service
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
landing, 5' 3"
fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 12.5 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
one twin bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
six single 20mm gun mounts
Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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.
two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
twin propellers 2,800shp
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||LSM-214 side launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., date unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-214 and two additional LSMs moored in a nest, date and location unknown.
||John D. Wessel to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||Ex-USS LSM-214 moored pierside at National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA. while undergoing conversion to a barge, 6 December 1946.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for LSM-214 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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