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LSM-243


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 (date unknown) at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-243, 19 October 1944, LTjg. Roy E. Hills, Jr., USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-243 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold in October 1946, to Mechanical Equipment Co., New Orleans, LA, fate unknown
  • LSM-243 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 gun, four single 20mm 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-243 61k LSM-243 at anchor off White Beach, Iwo Jima, date unknown. Don Paine to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-243 80k LSM-243 underway off White Beach, Iwo Jima, date unknown. Don Paine to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-243 55k LSM-243 beached, date and place unknown. Don Paine to the USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-243 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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