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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Okinawa)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down in 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 LSM-215 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Decommissioned, 17 April 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in November 1946, to National Metal and Steel Corp, Terminal Island CA.
LSM-215 earned one battle star for World War II service
- Okinawa Gunto operation;
(a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 26 April 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" o.a.
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 Capacity 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-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
||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 beached at Okinawa, April 1945.
||Ralph Hanson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-215 nested at San Diego, CA. in 1946 with another LSM.
||Bill Craighead USS LSM-215 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The DANFS history extract for LSM-215 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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Last Updated 30 April 2004
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