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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 24 August 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 14 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-232, 7 November 1944, LTjg. J.F. Harper USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-232 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Seven, LCDR. C. A. Lamborn USNR;
    LSM Division Fourteen
  • Following World War II USS LSM-232 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    4 to 13 September 1945 
    24 to 27 September 1945 
    28 September to 24 December 194528 September to 24 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 6 August 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, to Commercial Metals Co., Dallas, TX., fate unknown
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    Beam 34' 6"
    light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    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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    LSM-232 74k LSM-232 launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE., 14 October 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-232 159k USS LSM-232 deck log entry for Commissioning day, 7 November 1944, including ships roster of personnel. Mac Harper
    LSM-232 56k USS LSM-232 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Six to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-232 110k USS LSM-232 alongside a floating crane as the 83-foot Coast Guard Cutter CG-83482 is being lifted into her well-deck at Guam, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-232 106k USS LSM-232 with the 83-foot Coast Guard Cutter CG-83482 being lowered into her well-deck at Guam, date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-232 96k USS LSM-232 moored outboard of USS LSM-348 at Pier Peter, Port Apra Inner Harbor, Guam. 2 January 1946. Note the 20mm and 40mm gun mounts on the dock and the oily water full of flotsam and jetsam next to the pier. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-232 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Harper, J.F., USNR7 November 1944 - ?

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