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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 5 October 1944, at U.S. Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 30 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-296, 18 December 1944, LT. Frederick M. Butler, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-296 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 23 May 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 for scrapping in May 1960, to Schnitzer Steel Product, Co.
    Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
    Length 203' 6" oa
    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 twin 40mm guns on the bow, four single 20mm (two starboard and two port fore and aft), four or five 50 cal. guns fitted at Navy Yard, Washington D.C. prior to Asiatic-Pacific theater deployment
    Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
    Troop Capacity 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-287 89k LSM-296 following LSM-287 in a column of LSMs underway in Chesapeake Bay, January 1945. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-296 33k LSM-296 at anchor in Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, November 1945. Charles P. Esposito USS LSM-296, plankowner
    LSM-296 41k LSM-296 at anchor, Apra Harbor, Guam, December 1945. Kenneth Oliver
    Photo Courtesy Jim Tusing LSM-372,
    Editor "Alligator Alley" The Newsletter
    of the USS LSM - LSMR Association
    LSM-296 60k LSM-296 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, late January or early February 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 81029 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-296 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

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