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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 17 July 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
Launched, 27 September 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-277, 19 October 1944, LT. Frank F. Murtha USNR in command
During WWII USS LSM-277 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
LSM Flotilla Twelve, LCDR. A. F. Dineen USN (22);
LSM Group Thirty-Six, LT. V. L. Homer USN;
LSM Division Seventy-Two and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 17 June 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-277 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 September to 9 December 1945
Decommissioned, 18 June 1946, at Terminal Island Navy Yard, San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-277 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold on 10 March 1948, to Arthur C. Penberthy, Los Angeles, CA., converted to a barge, 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)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
two General Motors (model GM 16-278A, 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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||USS LSM-277 enters or exits the well deck of
USS Oak Hill (LSD-7), at Hagushi, Okinawa, in May 1945. Ships in the background include
USS Wabash (AOG-4) at anchor.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||LSM-277 under way with other LSMs, date and location unknown.
||Singleton Collection to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
The history extract for USS LSM-277 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Murtha, Frank F. Murtha, USNR||19 October 1944 - ?|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
USS LSM-LSMR Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
Last Updated 26 January 2018
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