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USS LSM-312


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Juliet - Kilo
NVJK
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:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    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
    Specifications:
    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
    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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    LSM-312 65k USS LSM-312 beached, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    LSM-154 117k 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).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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