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

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 24 February 1944,at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 22 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-255, 22 May 1944, LT. Robert O. Sylvester USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-255 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater :
    LSM Flotilla One, CDR. H. B. Taliaferro USN (28);
    LSM Group One, LCDR. P. L. O'Leary USNR;
    LSM Division Two and participated in the the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 April to 18 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LSM-255 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 September to 16 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 October 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-255 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 February 1948, to R.J. MaCallum, Compton, CA., fate unknown
    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 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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    LCM-255 60k USS LSM-255 at Okinawa, circa April-May 1945.
    Photo taken from USS LST-78
    Photo by LTjg. (E) Jack D. Curlee,
    Engineering Officer USS LST-78
    LCM-255 111k USS LSM-255 crew photo at Naval Operating Base Subic Bay, P.I., date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-255 68k USS LSM-255 nested with five additional LSMs at San Diego, CA., date unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-255 75k USS LSM-255 nested with five additional LSMs at San Diego, CA., date unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-255 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sylvester, Robert O., USNR22 May 1944 - ?

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