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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:
    LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
    LSM Group Fourteen, LCDR. A. E. Lind USNR;
    LSM Division Twenty-Eight 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
  • USS LSM-238 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 1 March 1948, to Crowley Launch & Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA., 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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    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 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).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McIntosh, David M., USNR14 September 1944 - ?

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