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LSM-309


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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
  • Laid down, 19 November 1944, at U.S. Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 9 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSM-309, 22 January 1945, at Amphibious Training Base, Little Creek, VA. LTjg. James W. Gilmore, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LSM-309 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • LSM-309 saw no combat during World War II
  • Following World War II LSM-309 performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • Decommissioned, 8 August 1946, at Mobile, AL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Mobile.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold, 12 September 1958, to Norfolk, Baltimore and Caroline Line Inc., Norfolk, VA, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    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-309 31k During LSM-309's commissioning ceremony at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., 22 January 1945, Rear Admiral Jules James, USN, Commandant of the Charleston Navy Yard and the Sixth Naval District looks on as Miss Bertha M. Lunsford, of Charleston presents a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Wilmer A. Ankerson, sponsor of the LSM 309, in behalf of yard workers. At the right is Mrs. Ankersonís matron of honor Mrs. Edwin S. Kain of North Charleston.
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo # 1998-5
    Robert Hall
    LSM-396 88k LSM-308, and LSM-396 at the fitting out piers at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. Other ships in this photo include LSM-309, LSM 389, LSM-390, LSM-391, LSM-392, LSM-393, LSM-394, LSM-395, LSM-397, LSM-398, Ray K. Edwards (APD-96), Arthur L. Bristol (APD-97), Truxton (APD-98) and Upham (APD-99).
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo # 132-46, dated 10 January 1945.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-309 157k LSM-309 commissioning crew photo, 22 January 1945, at Amphibious Training Base, Little Creek, VA. LSM-309 web site
    LSM-309 102k LSM-309 commissioning crew photo, 22 January 1945, at Amphibious Training Base, Little Creek, VA. LSM-309 web site
    LSM-309 71k LSM-309 officers, 22 January 1945, at Amphibious Training Base, Little Creek, VA. LSM-309 web site
    LSM-309 70k LSM-309 moored pierside in the Norfolk, VA. area. The ship has undergone preservation for inclusion in the Reserve Fleet. Note: there appears to be a hole in the port bow door.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    The DANFS history extract for LSM-309 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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    USS LSM 309

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