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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
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS LSM-236 was transferred to the Philippines, renamed BRP Batanes (LSM-65)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-236, 2 September 1944, LT. Robert W. Winsten, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-236 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II LSM-236 performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • Decommissioned, 15 July 1946 and laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 8 September 1950
  • During the Korean War LSM-236 participated in the following campaign:
  • Decommissioned, 17 October 1955, at Astoria OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Transferred, 15 September 1960, to the Philippines, renamed BRP Batanes (LSM-65)
  • Final Disposition, ran aground and declared a total loss in June 1971, scrapped in 1972
  • LSM-236 earned one battle star for Korean War service
    Specifications: 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
    one single bow mounted 40mm AA gun mount
    four single 20mm AA 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 General Motors (non-reversible with airflex 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-236
    LCM-234 105k LSM-234 and LSM-236 ready for launching at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-236 103k LSM-236 sliding done the ways at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-236 157k USS LSM-236 returning from Guam to San Francisco in February 1946. Having passed under the Golden Gate Bridge she was headed for her berth at Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco.,CA. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-226/236/161 53k USS LSM-236, USS LSM-226 and USS LSM-161, (first reported as Okinawa, circa 1945) Possibly at San Clemente Island, circa 1950-51, during an amphibious training exercise with US Marines. Max Clayton, USS LSM-226, 1954-55
    LSM-226 51k USS LSM-236 and LSM-226 moored pierside, probably at San Diego, circa 1950-51. Donald Cutts USS LSM-226
    LCM-236 74k USS LSM-236 underway, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy Samuel L. Morison to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-236 76k USS LSM-236 departing San Diego, CA., 9 February 1955 USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LCM-236 59k USS LSM-236 beached while off-loading a bulldozer at the Naval Amphibious Base San Diego, CA., September 1955. Note crash boats at left.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-19934 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    BRP Batanes (LSM-65)
    LSM-236 42k Ex-USS LSM-236 underway, circa 1962, while in Philippines service as BRP Batanes (LSM-65) USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-236 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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