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USS LSM-234


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Delta - Hotel
NVDH
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) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 15 March 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 4 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-234, 17 August 1944, LTjg. Royal W. Rhoton USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-234 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation;
    (a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 22 June 1945

  • For the Okinawa Gunto campaign USS LSM-234 came under the command of:
    LSM Flotilla Three, CDR. W. F. Morrison USN (35);
    LSM Group Nine, LCDR. J. A. Moss USN (26);
    LSM Division Eighteen
  • Following World War II USS LSM-234 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    4 to 24 September 1945
    7 October to 25 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 April 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS LSM-234 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 11 March 1948, to W.A. Magnus, Sr., New Orleans, LA., fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    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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    LCM-234 105k LSM-234 and LSM-236 ready for launching at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-234 21k USS LSM-234 commissioning ceremony, 17 August 1944 at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
    Photo by Austin Roper
    S. Roper for his father, Austin Roper, Chief Engineer LSM-234
    LCM-234 18k USS LSM-234 commissioning ceremony, 17 August 1944 at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
    Photo by Austin Roper
    S. Roper for his father, Austin Roper, Chief Engineer LSM-234

    The history extract for USS LSM-234 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Rhoton, Royal W., USNR17 August 1944 - ?

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