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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 29 June 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 22 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-224, 16 September 1944, LT. Donald B. Wrench USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-224 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
    Palawan Islands landings, 28 February to 1 March 1945
    Visayan Island landing, 18 March 1945
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 6 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-224 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 November to 2 December 19453 to 21 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LSM-224 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 23 December 1947, to Foss Launch & Tug Co., Seattle, WA., now in use as a tie-off for Tidewater Barge Lines, Vancouver, WA.
    Displacement 7,480 t. (lt) 14,225 t. (fl.)
    Length 459' 1"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 5"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 28
    Enlisted 239
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,410 DWT
    Non-refrigerated 336,254 Cu. Ft.
    Refrigerated 18,395 Cu. Ft.
    eight LCM(3)
    twelve LCVP
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 8,950 Bbls
    one Sun Nordberg Diesel engine
    five Diesel-drive Ships's Service Generator, 230Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS LSM-224
    LSM-224 51k LSM-224 launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 22 August 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-224 77k USS LSM-224 and USS LSM-168 unloading men and supplies on the jetty at Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines, 28 or 29 February 1945. In the foreground soldiers and sailors inspect a downed Japanese float plane destroyed in the initial landings.US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 271126. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-224 78k USS LSM-224 beaching at Iloilo, Panay Island, Philippines, 13 September 1945. In the background is an unidentified LSM, either USS LSM-486 or USS LSM-496.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 350434.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-314 40k USS LSM-224 and USS LSM-314 moored pierside at Shanghai, China, December 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Commercial Service
    LSM-224 71k Ex-USS LSM-224 owned by Tidewater Barge Lines and used as a "Spud" barge (tie-off barge) #544, March 2003 Photo by Ron Gray/Capt.
    LSM-224 71k

    The history extract for USS LSM-224 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wrench, Donald B., USNR16 September 1944 - ?

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