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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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 15 September 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
Launched, 27 October 1944
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:
LSM Flotilla Eight, CDR. H. Doe USN (23);
LSM Group Twenty-Four, LCDR. B. D. Lindman USNR;
LSM Division Forty-Seven and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 3 April 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-281 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 September to 6 December 1945
Decommissioned, 29 December 1946, at NOB Guam, Marianas Islands
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-281 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, scuttled, 6 March 1947, off Guam
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 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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||USS LSM-281 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Shelley Johnston for her grandfather Earl May,
USS LSM 281
The history extract for USS LSM-281 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Lukem, William P., USNR||13 November 1944 - ?|
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