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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) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal

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 campiagns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consoliation 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

  • 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
  • Final Disposition, scuttled, 6 March 1946, off Pearl Harbor
  • USS LSM-265 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6"
    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 Accommodations 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-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 DANFS history extract for LSM-265 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

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