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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 down13 April 1944, at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 31 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-239, 21 September 1944, ENS. Edwin W. Jokisch USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-239 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, 1 March 1947, at NOB Guam, Marianas Islands
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-239 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, hulk scuttled, 15 April 1947 off Guam
    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
    fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
    5 officers
    54 enlisted
    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)
    two General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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-239 75k USS LSM-239 plus an unidentified LSM beached at Iwo Jima, circa 19 February 1945 while unloading badly needed equipment and supplies. The beached is littered with abandoned boats and equipment. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-239 65k USS LSM-239 along with LCT-631 and LCT-1318 beached at Iwo Jima, circa 2 to 16 March 1945 while unloading equipment and supplies. The beached is littered with abandoned boats and equipment. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-239 67k USS LSM-239 and LCT-866 off Okinawa, date unknown.
    US Navy photo # N-26585A.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-239 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Jokisch, Edwin W., USNR21 September 1944 - ?

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