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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - 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, 4 May 1944 at Dravo Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington, DL.
Launched, 23 June 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-215, 23 July 1944, LT. George Arthur Vovos USNR in command
During WWII USS LSM-215 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:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 26 April 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-215 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 17 April 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-215 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in November 1946, to National Metal and Steel Corp, Terminal Island CA.
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|24 to 27 September 1945||
|28 September to 4November 1945||28 September to 4 November 1945
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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
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-215 ready for launching at Dravo Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington DL., 23 June 1944.
||Paul Burket LSM-341
||Launching of LSM-215 at Dravo Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington DL., 23 June 1944.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-215 at Purple Beach, Okinawa, near Naha, early April 1945.
||Photo by the late Seymour M. Fimoff, QM2/c USS LSM-9, submitted by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN Ret. USS LSM-9
||USS LSM-215 beached at Okinawa, April 1945.
||Ralph Hanson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-215 nested at San Diego, CA. in 1946 with another LSM.
||Bill Craighead USS LSM-215 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-215 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Vovos, George Arthur, USNR||23 July 1944 - ?|
|02||LT. Percival, E. J., USNR||May 1945|
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