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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)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down (date unknown) at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
Launched (date unknown)
Commissioned USS LSM-217, 4 August 1944, LT. Eugene J. Heisley, USNR, in command
During WWII LSM-217 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 22 October 1947, to Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., Westwego, LA., fate unknown
LSM-217 earned one battle star for World War II service
- Luzon operation;
(a) Lingayen Gulf landings 4 to 12 January 1945
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6"
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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||Launching of LSM-217 at Dravo Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington DL.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-217 in convoy from Manila to Japan about 26 September 1945.
||Ralph E. Robinson USS LSM-34
||LSM-217 alongside 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 DANFS history extract for LSM-217 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 12 August 2005
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