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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 28 February 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 4 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-233, 3 August 1944, LTjg. Gordon W. Martin, Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-233 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Eight, LCDR. J. G. Blanche USN (25);
    LSM Division Sixteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, ( January 1945

  • Decommissioned, 2 January 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1046
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 March 1948, to Hugo Neu Corp., New York, N.Y.
  • USS LSM-233 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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
    landing, 5' 3"
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 12.5 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    one twin bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
    six single 20mm gun mounts
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Troop Accommodations
    2 officers
    46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,225 Bbls
    two General Motors 16-278A (non-reversible with airflex clutch) Diesel engines,. direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers 2,800shp

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    LCM-233 80k LSM-233 launching at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-233 57k LSM-233 underway for beaching operations, 27 July 1944. This is prior to her commissioning. Note that her hull number has been added to the paint scheme. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-233 53k
    LCM-233 49k
    LCM-233 71k LSM-233 closing beach with bow doors open but ramp not lowered during beaching operations, 27 July 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-233 116k LSM-233 during beaching operations, 27 July 1944. Bow Doors open, ramp not yet lowered. Where did the dog come from? USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-233 90k LSM-233 during beaching operations, 27 July 1944. Apparently there was quite a celebration as this was the first LSM completed by Western Pipe. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-233 84k LSM-233 during beaching operations, 27 July 1944. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-233 64k

    The history extract for USS LSM-233 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Martin Jr., Gordon W., USNR3 August 1944 - ?

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