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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 (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 30 May 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 30 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-265, 18 July 1944, LTjg. Zenas J. Kevorkian USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LSM-265 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Visayan Island landings, 28 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 17 June 1945

  • For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LSM-265 came under the command of:
    LSM Flotilla Five, CDR. W. H. Carpenter USN (26);
    LSM Group Thirteen, LCDR. T. F. Griswold USNR;
    LSM Division Sixteen
  • Damaged by striking a reef while at Okinawa, 13 October 1945
  • Returned to Pearl Harbor, 13 January 1946, for service as a submarine target practice vessel until decommissioned
  • Decommissioned, 5 March 1946, at Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 March 1946
  • USS LSM-265 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, scuttled, 6 March 1946, off Pearl Harbor
    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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    LSM-265 71k USS LSM-265 beached, date and location unknown. William Sronsky to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-265 69k USS LSM-265 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-472/265 49k USS LSM-265 and and USS LSM-472 beached, date and location unknown. Doug Manny to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-470 52k USS LSM-265 at anchor off the port bow of USS LSM-470,date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-265 116k Bow view of USS LSM-265 underway, date and location unknown. Dan Butler
    LSM-265 59k USS LSM-265 viewed through a submarine periscope in her final role as a submarine target ship, off Pearl Harbor, T.H. Images of USS LSM-265 as seen through a periscope, were used in the 1951 movie "Operation Pacific" and in the movie "The Fighting Coast Guard." USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-265 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Kevorkian, Zenas J., USNR18 July 1944 - ?

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