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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down at Western Pipe and Steel Company, San Pedro, CA., (date unknown)
  • Launched, (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-244, 26 October 1944, LT. John W. Lemon, USNR in command
  • During World War II LSM-244 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater which included various operations to and from the ports of Pearl Harbor, Oaku, Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, Manila, Cebu, Leyte, Tayabas Bay, Samar, Saipan, Guam, and a 30 period participating in the:
  • After the Okinawa operation LSM-244 made a series of trips from to Manila to Yokohama transporting occupation troops before sailing for Pearl Harbor in December 1945 and San Diego in January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 6 April 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, transferred, 17 April 1947, to St. Petersburg Port Authority, St. Petersburg, FL., fate unknown
  • LSM-244 received one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa.
    Beam 34' 6"
    Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
    Speed 13.2kts. (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-244 63k LSM-244 beached, at Luzon, Philippine Islands, circa 1945 Samuel Allen Brown EM3/c USS LSM-244

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-244 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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