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LSM-221


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-221, 26 August 1944, LTjg. William James Carter, USNR in command
  • During WWII LSM-221 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated the:
  • Decommissioned, 18 March 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Sold, 29 December 1947 for commercial service
  • Placed in service by Commerical Barge Lines, Evansville, IN., renamed M/V Commercial Courier
  • Sold for scrapping in 1961 to Charles Weaver & Co., Detroit, MI.
  • LSM-221 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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-221 43k Launching of LSM-221 at Dravo Shipbuilding Co, Wilmington DL. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-61 49k LSM-221, LSM-61 and LSM-165 beached at Botangas Bay, P.I., circa August-September 1945. William Lewis to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-221 50k LSM-221 nested with another LSM, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Commercial Service
    LSM-221 71k ex-LSM-221 moored pierside, date and place unknown. Tom Lange USS LSM-74 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-221 94k Looking toward the stern of ex-LSM-221, in commercial service as M/V Commercial Courier, moored pierside, Jacksonville, FL., date unknown.
    Photo by J.C. Kellow Photographer
    Tom Lange USS LSM-74 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-221 97k Looking toward the bow of ex-LSM-221, in commercial service as M/V Commercial Courier, moored pierside, Jacksonville, FL. date unknown.
    Photo by J.C. Kellow Photographer
    Tom Lange USS LSM-74 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-221 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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