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USS LSM-222


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Charlie - Juliet
NVCJ
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, 15 July 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 5 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-222, 31 August 1944, LT. Lewis T. Jones USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-222 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Six, CDR. A. R. Quinn USN;
    LSM Group Seventeen, LCDR. C. H. Johnson, USNR;
    LSM Division Thirty-Four and participated the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-222 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 27 September 1945 
    28 September to 30 October 194528 September to 20 October1945

  • Decommissioned, 17 March 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LSM-222 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 29 December 1947, to Charles Weaver & Co., Detroit, MI., converted to a barge, Official Number (259180)
  • Last Known Disposition, owned and operated by Tidewater Barge Lines, Vancouver, WA., renamed Otsega, formerly used to transport wheat, currently used as a "tie-off barge", designated Spud-Barge No. 3 by Tidewater Barge Lines
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    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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    USS LSM-222
    LSM-222 62k LSM-222 launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 5 August 1944 USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-222 65k USS LSM-222 moored along side another LSM, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1045412, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-222 50k USS LSM-222 under way, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1045413, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-431 58k USS LSM-222, USS LSM-431, USS LSM-164 and LCT-849 at Tientsin, China in September 1945 after bringing Marines from Okinawa for the surrender of North China. Henry S. Kehrli FC3/c & RdM2/c USS LSM-431
    LSM-432 120k USS LSM-222 inboard of USS LSM-433 while moored pierside, in China, 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-31 67k USS LSM-31, USS LSM-187, USS LSM-186 and USS LSM-222 moored to a buoy, date and location unknown. Photo by ©Atlantic Fleet Sales Co., Norfolk, VA. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-222 42k USS LSM-222 discharging troops across the beach, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, issue dated February 1947.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Commercial Service
    LSM-222 54k Ex-USS LSM-222 in service as the barge Otsega for Tidewater Barge Lines, in a tow entering John Day Dam on the Columbia River, 1972. Photo by Ron Gray / Captain
    LSM-222 70k Barge Otsega of the Tidewater Barge Lines, on the Columbia River, winter of 1978-1979. Photo by Ron Gray / Captain
    LSM-222 81k Ex -LSM-222 in service as SPUD BARGE NO. 3 for Tidewater Barge Lines, on the Columbia River, December 2002 Ron Gray / Captain
    LSM-222 78k SPUD BARGE NO. 3 of the Tidewater Barge Lines, on the Columbia River. Photo was taken in what is left of the ship's galley. Note the stove still in place and the sink on the deck. February 2003 Ron Gray / Captain
    LSM-222 71k SPUD BARGE NO. 3 of the Tidewater Barge Lines, on the Columbia River. Another view of what is left of the ship's galley. February 2003 Ron Gray / Captain
    LSM-222 62k SPUD BARGE NO. 3 of the Tidewater Barge Lines, on the Columbia River. Base for the port main engine. February 2003 Ron Gray / Captain

    The history extract for USS LSM-222 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jones, Lewis T., USNR31 August 1944 - ?

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