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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal- Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 11 March 1944, at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL.
Launched, 17 May 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-312, 17 June 1944, LT. Jay Borden, USNR in command
During World War II USS LSM-312 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 25 April 1945
Following World War II USS LSM-312 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 September to 28 November 1945
Decommissioned, 29 May 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 January 1948, to Crowley Launch & Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA.
USS LSM-312 earned two battle star for World War II service
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
one single 40mm AA gun mount
four single 20mm AA gun mounts
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 Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
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||USS LSM-312 beached, date and location unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LSM-154, USS LSM-312 and USS LSM-25, beached at Saipan, Marianas Islands to take on supplies, date unknown.
||Dan Kovalchik in honor of his father, SK2 John "Tiny" Kovalchik USS LSM-154
The DANFS history extract for USS LSM-312 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
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