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USS LSM-258


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Foxtrot - Charlie
NVFC
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 23 March 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched. 12 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-258, 2 June 1944, LTjg. Robert M. Donaldson USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-258 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Two, (flagship)
    LSM Group Five and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 11 October to 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines;
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 18 March, 24 March to 14 April, 17 to 23 April and 3 May 1945
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 25 June to 8 July 1945
  • Following World War II USS LSM-258 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 September to 11 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LSM-258 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 21 November 1946, to Alexander Shipyard Inc., New Orleans, LA, 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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    LCM-258 77k USS LSM-258 under way, in Hampton Roads, 23 July 1944. starboard bow view.
    Norfolk Navy Yard photo serial # 8167(44).
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-258 68k USS LSM-258 under way, in Hampton Roads, 23 July 1944. starboard broadside view.
    Norfolk Navy Yard photo serial # 8168(44).
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-258 71k USS LSM-258 under way, in Hampton Roads, 23 July 1944. starboard quarter view.
    Norfolk Navy Yard photo serial # 8169(44).
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-258 46k USS LSM-258 under way, in Hampton Roads, 23 July 1944. stern view.
    Norfolk Navy Yard photo.
    Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LCM-258 112k USS LSM-258 underway, in Hampton Roads, 23 July 1944. aerial starboard bow view.
    US Navy photo # BUAer 235811, released 30 January 1945.
    Richard Miller USS LSM-47 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-258 134k USS LSM-258 underway, in Hampton Roads, 23 July 1944. aerial stern view.
    US Navy photo # BUAer 235808, released 30 January 1945.
    Richard Miller US LSM-47to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-258 44k Aerial view of USS LSM-258 under way probably in Hampton Roads, 23 July 1944, illustrating the utilitarian, but efficient design of the LSM vessel. The central cargo deck is flanked by side housing for crew, operating equipment and a single bow mounted 40mm mount.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302791
    Mike Green
    LCM-258 65k USS LSM-258 and USS LSM-139 approach the beach at Leyte on A-Day, 20 October 1944.
    US Navy photo # 59508, released 6 November 1944.
    Richard Miller USS LSM-47 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LCM-258 65k USS LSM-258 with another LSM approach a beach, date and place unknown. Photo was taken from the deck of an LST.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 200499-8.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-258 166k In the foreground, a Japanese landing barge at Ormoc Bay, and in the background several US landing ships including USS LSM-258 and two unidentified LSM's, 7-8 December 1944. Submitted by Adrain K
    'for educational purposes'
    Source-"Pictorial History of Australia at War 39-45",
    5 Volumes. 1959
    LCM-258/34 3864k USS LSM-258, USS LSM-34 and probably USS LSM-311 unloading troops and equipment during the invasion of the Philippine Islands. Twelve LSMís composed Task Unit 78.2.5, the Task Unit departed Hollandia for Leyte, Friday 13 October 1944. Arrived without incident 20 October. USS LSM 311, USS LSM-34 and USS LSM-258 assigned white beach, two, beached at 1027. The Higgins boat in the foreground belongs to USS Arneb (AKA-56). Brian Miller also
    Contributed in the name of Purl Allan Ferrier, S1c, SV-6 USNR, LSM-87 by Vicki Purl Ferrier-Taylor
    LCM-258 55k USS LSM-258 homeward bound, in San Francisco Bay, 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 81025 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-258 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Donaldson, Robert M., USNR2 June 1944 - ?

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