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Lost to enemy action, 7 December 1944|
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Ormoc Bay, 7 Dec. 1944) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Purple Hearts (7 December 1944, Ormoc Bay, (4-KIA, Chester R. Smith SM3/c, Joe R. Baeta MoMM2/c, Robert R Harms, F1/c, Lloyd C, Russell SC1/c)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down in April 1944 at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL.
Launched in June 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-318, 3 August 1944, LT. Perry W. Rairden, Jr., USN in command
During World War II USS LSM-318 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
Ormoc Bay landings, 7 December 1944
While departing from Ormoc, 7 December 1944, USS LSM-318 was hit by a Japanese Kamikaze suicide plane, set afire and sunk
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS LSM-318 earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" (ovl)
Beam 34' 6"
light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
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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||USS LSM-318 on fire and sinking at Ormoc Bay, Philippine Islands, 7 December 1944, after being struck by a Japanese Kamikaze Plane.
||James Cimpl to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
||Illustrated story of the attack and sinking of USS LSM-318 during the Leyte Gulf operation in an article from the "Pullman-Standard Log Calumet" Harbor Shipyard newspaper, Vol. 3 No. 4, February 16 1945
The DANFS history extract for LSM-318 is from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9).
|01||LT. Rairden Jr., Perry W., USN||3 August 1944 - 7 December 1944|
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