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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 19 May 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
Launched, 5 July 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-217, 4 August 1944, LT. Eugene J. Heisley USNR in command
During WWII USS LSM-217 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 12 January 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-217 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 28 September to 2 October 1945
Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
USS LSM-217 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold, 22 October 1947, to Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., Westwego, LA., fate unknown
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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||Launching of LSM-217 at Dravo Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington DE., 5 July 1944
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-216 and LSM-217 crew members on the ramp of USS LSM-217 while beached, probably in the Philippines, date unknown.
||USS LSM-217 in convoy from Manila to Japan about 26 September 1945.
||Ralph E. Robinson USS LSM-34
||USS LSM-217 alongside USS Culebra Island (ARG-7). The outboard LSM is unidentified, date and place unknown. Photo by Vincent Cottrell
||Daniel Cottrell in honor of his father Vincent Cottrell, Coxswain, USNR USS Culebra Island
The history extract for USS LSM-217 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Heisley, Eugene J., USNR||4 August 1944 - ?|
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