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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    24 to 27 September 1945 
    28 September to 4November 194528 September to 4 November 1945
  • 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.
    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-215 19k LSM-215 ready for launching at Dravo Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington DL., 23 June 1944. Paul Burket LSM-341
    LSM-215 51k Launching of LSM-215 at Dravo Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington DL., 23 June 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-215 60k 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
    LSM-215 107k USS LSM-215 beached at Okinawa, April 1945. Ralph Hanson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-215 49k 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).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Vovos, George Arthur, USNR23 July 1944 - ?
    02LT. Percival, E. J., USNRMay 1945

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