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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 - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, (date unknown), at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, (date unknown)
  • Commissioned USS LSM-259, 16 June 1944, LT. Howard E. Dunney, USNR in command
  • During WWII LSM-259 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
  • Decommissioned, 13 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, 3 December 1946, and converted to a barge, fate unknown
  • LSM-259 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" o.a.
    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 Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
    Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
    Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic 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-259 212k LSM-259 crew photo taken at Little Creek Amphibious Training Base, Little Creek, VA., date unknown. Ronnie Ward for his father Durward Joiner Ward, Coxswain USN USS LSM-259
    LSM-259 63k LSM-259 moored pierside at Navy Yard, New York, 24 June 1944, bow view.
    New York Navy Yard photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-259 70k LSM-259 moored pierside at Navy Yard, New York, 24 June 1944, stern view.
    New York Navy Yard photo # F644C6286.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-259 74k LSM-259 underway, date and place unknown. Ronnie Ward for his father Durward Joiner Ward, Coxswain USN USS LSM-259
    LSM-50 51k LSM-259, LSM-50, LSM-26 and an unidentified LSM beached probably in the Philippines, date and place unknown. Note the local population going about their business on the beach oblivious to the US Navy's presence. USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-259 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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