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USS LSM-288


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Hotel - Mike
NVHM
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 10 November 1944, at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched, 22 December
  • Commissioned USS LSM-288, 8 January 1945, LT. Thomas J. Gibson USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LSM-288 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LSM Flotilla Eleven;
    LSM Group Thirty-Two (flagship);
    LSM Division Sixty-Three
  • Following World War II USS LSM-288 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    24 to 27 September1945 
    28 September to 21 December 194528 September to 21 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 18 July 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 9 May 1960, to Zidell Explorations Inc., Portland, OR., converted to a barge, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" (ovl)
    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 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)
    Propulsion
    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-288 58k USS LSM-288 beached at Taku, China, September 1945.
    Photo by Bill Talarico USS LSM-288
    Mark Nicholas
    LSM-118 33k USS LSM-288 and USS LSM-118 moored at Tientsin, China, date unknown. Jim Bohls for his father Walter F. Bohls SM2/c USS LSM-118
    LSM-288 100k USS LSM-288 under way, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-288 47k USS LSM-288 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 1945-46.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82178, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The history extract for USS LSM-288 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gibson, Thomas J., USNR8 January 1945 - ?

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