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LSM-222


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 (date unknown) at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-222, 31 August 1944, LT. Lewis P. Jones USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-222 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated the:
  • Following World War II LSM-222 performed occupation duty in the Far East including China service
  • Decommissioned, 17 March 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Sold, 29 December 1947, to Charles Weaver & Co., Detroit, MI., converted to a barge, Official Number (259180)
  • Current 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
  • LSM-222 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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    USS LSM-222
    LSM-222 62k LSM-222 launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-222 65k LSM-222 nested with another LSM, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1045412.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-222 50k LSM-222 underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1045413.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-431 58k LSM-222, LSM-431, 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 LSM-222 inboard of LSM-433 while moored pierside, in China, place unknown, 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-31 67k LSM-31, LSM-187, LSM-186 and LSM-222 in a nest moored to a buoy, date and place unknown. Photo by ©Atlantic Fleet Sales Co., Norfolk, VA. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-222 42k LSM-222 discharging troops across the beach, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, issue dated February 1947.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Commercial Service
    LSM-222 54k ex 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 ex LSM-222 in service as the barge Otsega for 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 ex LSM-222 in service as SPUD BARGE NO. 3 for 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 ex LSM-222 in service as SPUD BARGE NO. 3 for 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 ex LSM-222 in service as SPUD BARGE NO. 3 for Tidewater Barge Lines, on the Columbia River. Base for the port main engine. February 2003 Ron Gray / Captain

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-222 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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