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USS LSM-214


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Bravo - Tango
NVBT
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, 27 April 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 13 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-214, 17 July 1944, ENS. Robert Barr Smith USN in command
  • During WWII USS 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
  • USS LSM-214 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold in November 1946 to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.; converted to a barge, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" ovl.
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft
    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)
    Complement
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    Armament
    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
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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 47k LSM-214 side launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 13 June 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-214 94k USS LSM-214 and two additional LSMs moored in a nest, date and location unknown. John D. Wessel to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-214 110k 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 history extract for USS LSM-214 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Smith, Robert Barr, USN17 July 1944 - ?

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