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USS LSM-238


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Delta - Papa
NVDP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 5 April 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 30 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-238, 14 September 1944, LT. David M. McIntosh, USNR in command
  • During World War II, USS LSM-238 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945
    :
  • Decommissioned, 5 May 1947, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 1 March 1948, to Crowley Launch & Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA., fate unknown
  • USS LSM-238 received one battle star for World War II service
    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 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 Accommodations 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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    LSM-238 53k USS LSM-238 beached, date and location unknown. Roy Carlson to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-74 76k USS LSM-238, USS LSM-60 and USS LSM-74 heading towards the beachhead at Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-238 64k USS LSM-238 beached at Iwo Jima, circa 19 February 1945 while unloading badly needed equipment and supplies. The invasion fleet reaches to the horizon and beyond in the photo.
    US Coast Guard photo 0303451
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-238 83k USS LSM-419, USS LSM-238, USS LSM-98 and USS LSM-202 beached at Iwo Jima, between 23 and 28 March, or between 20 to 23 August 1945 Claude H. Hewitt, for his father Claude Hewitt, SM3/c USS LSM-238

    The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-238 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

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