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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) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
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 at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. (date unknown)
  • Launched, (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-224, 16 September 1944, LT. Donald B. Wrench USNR, in command
  • During WWII LSM-224 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated the:
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • 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.
  • LSM-224 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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-224
    LSM-224 51k LSM-224 launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-224 77k LSM-224 and 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 LSM-224 beaching at Iloilo, Panay Island, Philippines, 13 September 1945. In the background is an unidentified LSM, either 486 or 496.
    US Navy photo # NH 350434 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-314 40k LSM-224 and LSM-314 moored pierside at Shanghai, China, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Commercial Service
    LSM-224 71k ex 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 ex LSM-224 owned by Tidewater Barge Lines and used as a "Spud" barge (tie-off barge) #544, March 2003 Photo by Ron Gray/Capt.

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-224 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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