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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-232, 7 November 1944, LTjg. J.F. Harper, USNR in command
  • 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" o.a.
    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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    LSM-232 74k LSM-232 launching at Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-232 159k LSM-232 deck log entry for Commissioning day, 7 November 1944, including ships roster of personal. Mac Harper
    LSM-232 56k LSM-232 moored pierside, date and place unknown. Robert Six to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-232 110k 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 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 LSM-232 moored outboard of 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 DANFS history extract for LSM-232 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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