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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
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-281, 13 November 1944, at New York City, LT. William P. Lukem, USNR in command
During WWII LSM-281 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the:
Decommissioned, 29 December 1946, at NOB Guam, Marianas Islands
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Final Disposition, scuttled, 6 March 1947, off Guam
LSM-281 earned one battle star for World War II service
- Okinawa Gunto operation;
(a) Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 3 April 1945
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 General Motors (non-reversible with airflex 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-281 at anchor, date and place unknown.
||Shelley Johnston for her grandfather Earl May,
USS LSM 281
The DANFS history extract for LSM-281 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 21 May 2004
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